Club chaplain Harry Ross was also in attendance at the intimate ceremony in honour of Toman who played 29 times for the Blues over two spells between 1899 and 1901, scoring 10 goals.
His footballing career was cut short by injury and he became a ship steward and Lance Corporal of the Liverpool King's Regimen. He was one of the many who fell during the Battle of the Somme in northern France.
The club's Chief Executive laid a wreath by Toman's gravestone and Reverend Ross said in a reading: "It's important that we remember those who died in the war, including Everton players and fans. We came here to Lille to remember Wilf Toman and at the same time we remember those who were killed in the Battle of the Somme.
"Our club has a heart to think of these things and it was a wonderful tribute."
Quotes sourced from EvertonFC.com
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1 Posted 23/10/2014 at 21:50:10
2 Posted 24/10/2014 at 07:47:34
3 Posted 24/10/2014 at 12:49:30
We had a chat with the French dignitaries who attended, they were really impressed by the interest and gesture made by Everton and the Society.
4 Posted 24/10/2014 at 14:22:50
This exchange was quite common between French and British wounded prisoners and German wounded prisoners. Luckily he survived the war but many of his fellow pals were not so lucky. I will be visiting Lille during 2015 to pay my respects.
5 Posted 25/10/2014 at 10:06:21
6 Posted 25/10/2014 at 17:32:26
He fell victim to a German gas attack and died on 18 October 1917 at the age of 23. How ironic that representatives of the people he went to help should feel it justified to launch an indiscriminate gas attack on English football supporters!
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