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Donate to plant 100 trees in memory of the Grimsby players who fought in the First World War.

Did you know?

Grimsby Town captain, Sid Wheelhouse of the Football Battalion rose to the rank of Lance Corporal before being killed by poisonous gas in September, 1916. He had played in a benefit match for Grimsby Town in May, 1916, for victims in Cleethorpes of a Zeppelin raid.

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Sidney Wheelhouse

Grimsby Town captain, Sidney Wheelhouse was one of several Grimsby Town players to join the Footballers’ Battalion (17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment). Signed in 1907 from Shildon Athletic in County Durham, Wheelhouse went onto make 234 league appearances. On 18 September, 1916, he was exposed to enemy poison gas and died the next day. Although he was buried in France, a service of commemoration was held in Grimsby with many fans coming to pay their respects.

Players who served and died

  • Henry Gildea
  • John Hodgkinson
  • Thomas Kelly
  • Thomas Morris
  • Arthur Mounteney
  • Harold Springthorpe
  • James Stevenson
  • Ralph Thompson
  • Sidney Wheelhouse

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

Our ambassador

Sir Trevor Brooking

"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.

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