Some of you might have seen the recent articles in the Evertonian and on the website regarding the Remembrance Project for the Everton players who lost their lives during the two world wars. The club is looking for supporters to show their respect by visiting the graves and memorials of the 15 players who lost their lives in the conflicts. They are hoping to create a unique and special photo gallery to be included on the official website and Everton magazine ahead of the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

The club have been very supportive regarding this project and I so hope that Blues fans make it take off. So please visit the sites when feasible and send in your photographs. Many of the sites are close to holiday destinations (Northern France, Brussels and Bruges) whilst some are in holiday destinations themselves (Malta, Athens, Turkey, Cassino and Chennai). There are also a couple in the UK (Kirkdale and Glasgow). On the 31st July I will be in Belgium as I am lucky to have obtained tickets for the Passchendaele ceremony (it's live on BBC) and will pay my respects to Harry Norris and James Brannick. Must remember to take my Everton shirt for the photographs!

I also managed to get the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on board. They will give us a dedicated page on their site and said what we are doing is unique. It makes me feel very proud.

What makes it really incredible is the scale of supporter involvement. This is so much more than just listing the names of those who fell in a Club publication. I truly hope loads of fans visit the sites and send their photos in. We are a special club and this is just an example of what separates us from the rest.

Below is the list of the players and the locations of the graves and memorials.

Private Frederick Collinson - Lancashire Fusiliers 1st/5th Battalion - Panel 59 to 73 or 218 to 219, Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Private Thomas Norse - East Lancashire Regiment 1st/4th Battalion - Panel 114 to 118, Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Panel 114 to 118, Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey - Panel 114 to 118, Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey - XI. C. 20, Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Belgium
Corporal Thomas Gracie - Royal Scots 16th Battalion - P. 107, Glasgow Craigton Cemetery, Scotland
Private David Murray - Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders 11th Battalion - Panel 125 to 127, Dud Corner Memorial, Loos, France
Lance Corporal Leigh Roose MM (served as Leigh Rouse) - Royal Fusiliers 9th Battalion - Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A, Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
Private Donald Sloan - Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 8th Battalion - III. A. 32, Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France
Private James Roy - Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 5th/6th Battalion - Bay 6, Arras Memorial, Arras, France
Lance Corporal Wilfred Toman - King’s (Liverpool Regiment) 2nd/10th Battalion - II. B. 23,
Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension, France
Private James Brannick - Lancashire Fusiliers 11th Battalion - Panel 33, Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium
Lance Corporal William Reid - Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 2nd Battalion - Face 6, Athens Memorial, Phaleron, Greece
Leading Aircraftman Thomas Robson - RAF Volunteer Reserve - Sec. 3. R.C. Grave 476, Kirkdale Cemetery, Liverpool
Sergeant Alfred Penlington - RAF Volunteer Reserve, 221 Squadron - Panel 9, Column 1,Malta Memorial, Floriana, Valetta, Malta
Leading Aircraftman Brian Atkins - RAF Volunteer Reserve 2788 Sqdn. R.A.F. Regt. - XIV. F. 13, Cassino War Cemetery, Cassino, Italy
Pilot Officer William Sumner - RAF Volunteer Reserve - 6. B. 13, Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India


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Dennis Stevens
1 Posted 29/07/2017 at 18:34:24
Also worthy of note is the Woodland Trust First World War Centenary Woods project :- https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/support-us/support-an-appeal/centenary-woods/
Peter Mills
2 Posted 01/08/2017 at 22:54:46
Chris, this is a great initiative. I visited Lance Corporal Wilfred Toman's grave on the way to the match at Lille, as did representatives of the club and members of the EFC Heritage Society (Paul Wharton led us to the grave).

I hope your idea is well supported.

John Shearon
3 Posted 02/08/2017 at 15:19:23
I have photos from the grave of Lt Frank Boundy at the Guillemont Road Cemetery and of Lt Malcolm Fraser's niche at the nearby Thiepval Memorial. They were both founder members of Everton Football Club, Valparaiso, Chile (1909) who volunteered to serve King and Country and both died on the Somme.

They are both commemorated on the marble plaques located at Goodison Park and the Sausalito Stadium in Viña del Mar, Chile.

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