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Leicester Fosse & The First World War: The Players

In an extensive 25-part series, Club Historian John Hutchinson investigates the stories behind Leicester Fosse and the First World War.
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Last year (2018) marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. There were huge losses on both sides of the conflict.

Over 50 players from Leicester Fosse Football Club fought in that War. They served in a variety of regiments, including the famous Footballers’ Battalion.

Four Fosse players were decorated during the conflict and 12 more were killed in action. A 13th player died in a Prisoner of War camp. Two more died after surviving the war, one of Spanish flu, and the other of tuberculosis.

To mark Armistice Day on Monday 11 November, 2019, we revisit some of the stories behind the Leicester Fosse players that served in the First World War:

Jack Sheffield.

William Cox.

William Sharpley.

James Stevenson.

Angus Seed, Arthur Mounteney & Tommy Codd.

Bertie Waterfield.

George Warren.

Arthur Beadsworth.

George Draycott.

Tommy Benfield.

Bernard Vann.

Adam Black.

Robert Messer.

William Pepper.

Billy Williamson.

Maurice Woodward.

Shirley Hubbard.

Honoré Vlamynck.

Thomas Allsopp.

Ernest Nuttall.

Filmed in 2014, Foxes Remembered: The Story of Leicester City and the First World War can be watched here.

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