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24 August 1918 Pte Thomas Jackson

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Thomas, who lived at 88 Nairne Street, was born in the town in 1887. Connected with Mitre St Sunday School, he was, for a time, a regular player for their football team (where he played in the full-back position). Thomas was conscripted into the army in June 1916 and sent to join the 6th Bn King's Own in Mesopotamia in October 1916. He was involv…


The first footballer killed in 1914: Larrett Roebuck of Huddersfield Town

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Huddersfield Town full-back Larrett Roebuck was the first professional footballer from the English Leagues to be killed in the First World War. This is his story... Larrett Roebuck was born at Jump, near Barnsley, in South Yorkshire, on 27 January 1889. By 1901 the Roebuck family had moved to Rotherham and were living in Barker's Yard, off the m…


Lost in France. The Remarkable Life and Death of Leigh Roose Football's First Superstar

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Not that familiar or even keen on football I was nonetheless drawn into the intricacies of the game and the intimate life of the man and goalkeeper Leigh Roose. We are then thrown into the First World War, Gallipoli and the Somme. Finally we get the detective story that seeks to uncover what happened to the man during the fighting. Missing in Galli…