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Remembering the heroes of the Somme

Today we pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the horrific Battle of the Somme including the 11 young men who had worn the sky blue jersey of Manchester City at some point, lost their lives at the Somme.

By the time the conflict ended 142 days later, more than one million soldiers had either been killed or wounded  making it the highest amount of casualties of any world war.

Like all football clubs, City lost many players connected to the club, either present or former team members.

In alphabetical order, those who fell at the Somme are as follows.

George Brooks – George played just three games for City in 1911/12 before moving on to pastures new. He was killed in action on 18 November 1918

Frank Booth – Frank had two spells with City, making a total of 107 appearances and scoring 19 goals. His first spell was from 1902 to 1906 and he returned for the 1911/12. Frank died on 22 June 1919.

Thomas Callaghan –Thomas played twice for City and was at the Club from 1907 to 1909. He was killed on February 20, 1917.

James Conlin – James was at City from 1906 until 1911, making 175 appearances and scoring 30 goals before moving on to Birmingham City. James was killed on 23 June, 1917.

Thomas Farrell – Thomas played just three games for City during a three-year period between 1905 and 1908. He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916.

Julius Gregory – Julius also stayed at City between 1905 and 1908, again playing just three games. Julius fell 19 days after his friend Thomas Farrell. He was killed on 20 July 1916.

Frank Hesham – Frank spent five years with City between 1896 and 1901 but only played three matches for the Club. Frank died on 17 November 1915.

Patrick McGuire – Patrick was at City from 1912 to 1916 and played 15 games before joining the conflict. He was killed on 12 December 1916.

Alexander Turnbull – Alexander spent four years with the Blues, scoring 60 goals in just 119 games between 1902 and 1906. He left to join Manchester United. Alexander was killed on 3 May, 1917.

William Wallace - William spent three seasons with City from 1911 to 1914, He made 46 starts and scored nine goals. William was killed on 8 November 1917.

Jack Yuill – Jack was with City from 1906 to 1909 and made three appearances during that time.

The Club are immensely proud of our fallen war heroes.


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