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

Did you know?

Bernard Vann, who played for Derby County, was awarded the Military Cross and Bar and Victoria Cross for his heroics in the First World War.

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Bernard Vann

Before becoming an ordained minister, Bernard Vann played as an amateur player with Northampton Town, Burton United and Derby County. He then became a Chaplin at Wellingborough School. Enlisting in the ranks, he was quickly commissioned into the 1/8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters. He was awarded the Military Cross for bravery in 1915. In 1916 he was awarded a bar to his Military cross for a similar feat of bravery, as well as the French Croix de Guerre medal. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, in 1918 he was awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest award for military gallantry. He was killed by an enemy sniper on 3 October 1918.

Players who served and died

  • Thomas Benfield
  • George Brooks
  • Reginald Callender
  • Douglas Hardcastle
  • Alexander McAllister
  • James Stevenson
  • Arthur Vann
  • Bernard Vann
  • Frederick Wheatcroft

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

Club champion

Michael Johnson

"In partnership with the Woodland Trust and the National Football Museum, we hope to create a living and digital legacy to remember the sacrifices made by footballers on the frontline and  the home front  war time effort."

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