Cardiff City Football Club remembers those who lost their lives at War
The past few weeks of Remembrance have seen tributes to those who gave their lives or were harmed when serving the country in various conflicts.
A number of Cardiff City players were in the Forces during the Great War of 1914-18 and the Second World War of 1939-45. Here, we remember them.
, middle son of the Third Marquis of Bute, after whom Ninian Park was named in 1910, was killed in action in October 1915. Lord Ninian Crichton-Stuart who had played for us in the Club’s first professional season of 1910/11. Wally Stewart was killed in action during the 1914-18 conflict as was Tom WittsFull-back
who was the Club’s first-ever registered professional, was in the British Army of Occupation in a defeated Germany in 1918 and was demobilised in time for our 1919/20 Southern League season.Jack Evans (1911-32) served in the Royal Engineers, while Billy Hardy, who went on to captain us in the 1927 FA Cup Final, was wounded in the 1916 Battle of The Somme, and his career was threatened. But he recovered to play for a number of years. Long-serving Fred Keenor
During the Second World War. Baker and Tobin returned to play for us in 1945 as did Billy James, but his sight had been affected whilst a prisoner due to lack of nourishment, and he had to retire from playing after several games in the 1946/47 season.Billy James and Billy Baker, Bobby Tobin was lost when the Japanese transport ship which was taking him to a prisoner-of-war camp, was sunk. He was one of several players who were captured by Japanese forces in Java, including Jackie Pritchard, goalkeeper
, a popular figure behind the scenes at Cardiff City for thirty years from 1966 to 1996, served with the Eighth Army under Field Marshall Montgomery in Africa and France.Harry Parsons serving in the S.A.S. – he was not at that time a Cardiff City player, but became a professional player with several clubs before joining Cardiff City in December 1992. And the late Phil StantThe Falklands campaign of 1982 saw
Rememberance Sunday is this coming Sunday, 10th November. Please take a moment to remember those who fell for our freedom during the day and observe the two minute silence the following day - Rememberance Day, Monday, 11th November - at 11.00am.
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