For club and country

Support this appeal to help remember the Aston Villa players who fought during the First World War.

Did you know?

In 1916, two allied trenches were called Aston Trench and Villa trench during the Battle of the Somme.

Featured footballer

Henry Dobson

Henry Dobson signed in 1912 from Chesterton Foresters. Mainly a reserve, he played six first team games. Offering to serve under the Lord Derby Scheme in 1915, he was called up in 1917. Dobson served with the 1st Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment. During the 1918 German spring offensive, he was wounded and died on 29 March.

Players who served and died

  • Henry Dobson
  • William Gerrish
  • Walter Kimberly
  • Albert Rogers
  • Leigh Roose

Find out more about this club at Football and the First World War.

Club champion

Ian Taylor

"We are remembering our players and supporters 100 years ago who had to give up the game, leave their friends and families to battle in the First World War. Join me by signing up to the supporters roll of honour and planting a tree to commemorate Aston Villa’s war heroes."

Not your club? Check out our list of football clubs involved in the First World War or donate to the National Football Museum's appeal.

For club and country