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EFL clubs mark Battle of the Somme centenary

1 July 2016

Clubs across the EFL have been remembering former players and heroes to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

It was on 1st July, 100 years ago today, that the first day of the Battle took place – a day which resulted in more casualties than any other in British history.

Exeter City held a special ceremony at the St James Park war memorial to commemorate the lives of four former players who were killed on the Somme – Fred Bailey, Evelyn Lintott, Arthur Evans and Percy Worner.

Read more: Somme Centenary - Exeter City

Lintott also represented Queens Park Rangers during his playing career, with staff and players from Loftus Road paying tribute in this video.

#QPR remembers. #Somme100

— QPR FC (@QPRFC) July 1, 2016
Cardiff City took a look back at former Bluebirds who served on duty during World War I and the Battle of the Somme in particular, while Charlton Athletic tweeted in memory of Fred Chick who lost his life in action.

Read more: Cardiff City – Battle of the Somme 100 years on

100 years ago, Charlton's Fred Chick fought at the Somme. He was killed in action on Aug 31st, 1916.

— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) July 1, 2016
Wycombe Wanderers took their players to the footballers' battalion memorial, walking towards the frontline where thousands of soldiers went 'over the top' to their death.

— Wycombe Wanderers (@wwfcofficial) July 1, 2016
These are just a few examples of EFL clubs remembering those who fought in the Battle and who gave their own lives for our future.


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