I thought this might be a good thread to get started. I am interested in researching WW1 soldiers and have come across various sporting stars who gave their lives/served during WW1. I would like to try and find any connected to our city and list them here. Maybe I will create a web site if i get enough material?
If you know of any from either WW1 or WW2 please post em up
A few ive just looked at.
Everton paid ?700 for Coleman midway during the 1907-08 season. Coleman was a regular during the two and a half seasons he spent at Goodison Park, helping the Toffees to runners-up spot in 1908-09, and scoring 30 goals in 71 appearances. While at Everton, he was notable for being one the few players, along with most of the Manchester United side, to maintain their membership of the Players Union (the forerunner of the Professional Footballers Association), in defiance of Football Association rules. After a standoff, the FA backed down.
He fought during WW1 and recieved the Military Medal for Bravery.
The Great Ted Sagar Spent 24 years and 1 onth as Everton's first choice goalkeeper. He also served during WW2.
After his first full season ended with a League Championship medal in his pocket, in 1933 he added an FA Cup winner's medal to his collection - when he kept a clean sheet at Wembley against Manchester City.
In 1938/39 he became a League Champion again - and only the outbreak of War prevented him adding to that haul. War-time, however, did allow him to add one unique entry to his playing log.
Capped four times by England, he also gained the distinction of playing for another country when he turned out for Northern Ireland during the War. Stationed in Portadown with the Signal Corps, Northern Ireland were short of a goalkeeper for a war-time international against Southern Ireland when they turned to Sagar. He was delighted to accept the invitation - and was proud of his achievement at representing two countries at international level.
JOHN RHONWY ( RONNIE ) WILLIAMS
Captain John Rhonwy Williams, died 12/8/16, 10th Lpool's (Lpool Scottish). The Liverpool Echo, 18/8/16 quotes 'was a well known player with the Liverpool football club.' His father was also an ex Lord Mayor of Liverpool.
Everton Player Stats George Molyneux
Date of Birth 01/01/1875
Date of first & last games (clubs signed from and moved to in brackets) 26/12/1896 (Kirkdale) - 26/12/1896 (Wigan)
Date of first & last games (clubs signed from and moved to in brackets) 01/09/1898 (Wigan) - 24/03/1900 (Southampton)
Not a casualty but his two sons sadly died.
George Molyneux played for Everton and was also an English International. His two sons, 22782 Ellis Molyneux, 20th Liverpool battalion (Pals), kia 20/10/16. I think the other son was 15613, George Molyneux, 14th Royal Irish Rifles, kia 1/7/16.
LEONARD BINNING MILL
Lt Mill features twice in 'Bravest of Hearts, the Biography of a Battalion', about the Liverpool Scottish in WW1. It one short passage he is described as the battalion's scout officer. He was a stockbroker and son of a former director of Everton FC, an additional volunteer allowed to join the regiment in the early days of the war. He was at the front in November 1914, commissioned in June 1915 and promoted to Lieutenant on 1 Oct following. He was killed in action in the assault on Guillemont on 9 Aug 1916 aged 26.
The second reference is a slightly more detailed biography with photo.
4 GRAND NATIONAL WINNING JOCKEYS
ROBERT WILLIAM HAMNER EVERETT
Rode 100/1 outsider GREGALACH to victory in the 1929 Grand National. Son of Lt.-Col. William Frank Everett and Charlotte Everett, of Chelsea, London. Also rode POOLGOWRAN to victory in the Irish Grand National Steeplechase, 1934.
Lieutenant (A) Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.S. "Heron".
Died 26/1/1942, aged 40
MERVYN ANTHONY JONES
Rode 25/1 shot BOGSKAR to victory on 5 april 1940. Died almost 2 years to the day in 1942.
Flight Sergeant, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit.
Died 3/4/1942 aged 23.
THOMAS BRADY CULLINAN Tommy
Rode the 100/8 (14/1 ) second favourite SHAUN GOILIN to victory in 1930, completing a incredible treble having won the 1930 Champion Hurdle aboard BROWN TONY and 1930 Cheltenham Gold Cup aboard EASTER HERO.
Gunner 1543457, Royal Artillery, 90 Bty., 35 Lt. A.A. Regt.
Died 11/04/1940, aged 33.
FRANCIS CHARLES FURLONG Frank
Frank Rode 22/1 shot REYNOLDSTOWN to Victory in 1935. The horse was trained by his father and owned by his mother giving newspapers the headline " National Won By Three Furlongs "
REYNOLDSTOWN won the National again the following year, though Frank was not aboard this time due to his weight.
Lieut-Commander (A) Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.S. Daedalus.
Died 13/09/1944, aged 33.
Frank had joined the Fleet Air Arm as a Pilot. It was he who located the German Battleshp BISMARCK and repeatedly radioed its position until he ran out of fuel. He ditched his plane into the sea and was picked up by an allied ship. Frank was later killed while returning from a routine flight excercise.
Its a start, lets find some more.