For club and country

Support this appeal to help remember the Preston North End players who fought during the First World War.

Did you know?

Dick Kerr’s Ladies, who were ammunition workers at the Dick, Kerr & Co. factory in Preston, played at Deepdale on Christmas Day, 1917, in front of 10,000 spectators.

Featured footballer

William Gerrish

William Gerrish started his career with his hometown club of Bristol Rovers. He played for Aston Villa from 1909 to 1911 before joining Preston North End. He played mainly in the reserves, making three first team appearances s before joining Chesterfield Town in 1914. He volunteered for the Footballers’ Battalion (17th Middlesex Regiment) and served with them during the Battle of the Somme. He was killed there on 8 August, 1916. His body was never found and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.

Players who served and died

  • John Barbour
  • Arthur Beadsworth
  • James Chalmers
  • William Cox
  • John Ford
  • William Gerrish
  • Benjamin Green
  • Frederick Griffiths
  • Tom Saul

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.

For club and country