THIS afternoon QPR’s Ambassador Andy Sinton was joined by the QPR Trust’s CEO Andy Evans, students from Wormholt Park Primary School and friends of Wormholt Park to plant trees and create a living legacy of former Rangers players that died in World War One.
The R’s lost 11 men in the First World War and received trees from the EFL and Woodland Trust to plant in their memory. 55 clubs from the football league also lost men.
On 15th December 1914, at Fulham Town Hall the 17th Middlesex was formed. Made up of nearly 200 pro footballers it was eventually known as the footballer’s battalion. They were billeted to White City, and before leaving for France played the remainder of the 1914/15 season.
On 10th November 2018, QPR remembered those that had fallen before our match against Brentford and continue to do so with a commemorative plaque in reception at Loftus Road.
The 11 QPR players that lost their lives during World War One were; Albert Butler, Joseph Dines, Albert Edwards, Oscar Linkson, Evelyn Lintott, John Pennifer, Harry Thornton John Tosswill, Frank Cannon, Robert McClaren Law and Albert Rogers. The trees were planted in their memory after the attendees had all undergone a minute’s silence.
QPR’s Ambassador Andy Sinton stressed how important it was that the club remembered those who fought for their country:
“Whether it’s 100 or 1000 years later we can never forget the soldiers that fought to allow the people of their country the freedom to carry on living their lives freely."
He continued: “We get to go and support our clubs week in week out because people went to war and sacrificed themselves for us and other generations. I’m very proud that QPR continues to do things like this not just on Remembrance Day but all year round.”
And eight-year-old Burna from Wormholt Park Primary School said she will keep a regular eye on the growth of the trees:
“I walk past this park every day after I finish school so I can always check on the tree and see how much it grows. We learnt a bit about the war in history and I brought a poppy this year so I could help a little bit.”