Walkern FC deaths in WWI
Lest We Forget: WWI casualties from Walkern Football Club
A poignant post-script from Ron Hucklesbury, Vice Chairman, Walkern Royal British Legion
[from the April 2009 Walkern Journal]
Although I am unable to definitely place names to those whose faces appear in the photo in last month?s journal of the team that won the Greg Cup (to raise money for the Titanic Disaster fund) but I am reasonably sure that three of those names also appear on the village War Memorial from the First World War. They are L/C Wilfred Smith, Percy Goodchild and Walter Savage.
Below are extracts from ?Villages At War: A Roll Of Honour For Aston, Benington & Walkern 1914 -1918 & 1939 -1945? By Paul Johnson
Percy Goodchild: Leading Seaman, Gunner 1st Class, HMS Defence, Royal Navy. Killed In Action on the 31st May 1916 aged 29. Percy was the son of S Goodchild of Beecroft Lane, Walkern. He was one of 6097 men who were killed during the Battle of Jutland on the 31st May 1916. Percy has no known grave and his name is recorded on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Walter William Savage: Private, 12th Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed In Action on the 17th October 1916 during the closing stages of the Battle of the Somme. They were involved in intense action over these two days and were attacked on several occasions with Flame-throwers and grenades as well as being shelled by artillery. He is buried in the Gommecourt British Cemetery No.2, Hebuteme, France.
Wilfred Smith: Lance Corporal, 2nd Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment. Killed In Action on the 26th October 1917 in the closing stages of The Third Ypres, or Battle of Passchendaele. In total the Battalion suffered 101 casualties during this disastrous attack, one of whom was Wilfred Smith. Wilfred is buried in the Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Zillebeke, Belgium.
Click below to read of their winning the 1911-1912 Greg Cup