For club and country

Support this appeal to help remember the West Bromwich Albion players who fought during the First World War.

Did you know?

A plaque at The Hawthorns remembers the bravery of Second Lieutenant of the Lancashire Fusiliers, Harold Bache.

Featured footballer

Harold Bache

In the 1914/15 season Harold Bache emerged as a highly promising member of the West Bromwich Albion forward line. An amateur footballer, he also played for the prestigious Corinthians as well as playing cricket for Worcestershire CCC. Volunteering for the army, he became a Second Lieutenant with the Lancashire Fusiliers. He was killed by a sniper at the Battle of Ypres in 1916. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing.

Players who served and died

  • Harold Bache
  • Frederick Buck
  • George Elmore
  • William Jackson

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