For club and country

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

Did you know?

A recruitment poster aimed at Chelsea fans stated 'Do you want to be a Chelsea Die-Hard? If so, join the 17th Batt. Middlesex Regt. "The Old Die-Hards" And follow the lead of your favourite football players'.

Featured footballer

George Lake

Manchester born George Lake was signed by Chelsea in 1913. A regular in the reserves, he played one first team game against West Bromwich Albion in 1914. Volunteering in 1915, he served with the 2/4th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment in France. During the final weeks of the war he was wounded during an attack on the Sambre canal. He died of his wounds on 6 November 1918.

Players who served and died

  • Robert Atherton
  • George Kennedy
  • George Lake
  • Phillip Smith
  • Robert Whiting
  • Arthur Wileman
  • Norman Wood

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

Our ambassador

Sir Trevor Brooking

"During and after the First World War, trees were planted in remembrance, marking the loss of life and the sacrifices made. We feel strongly that we should continue this tradition and create a living and growing legacy as a fitting tribute to football’s involvement that people can visit."

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