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Brentford remembers war dead

11 November 2014

A list of former Brentford players that fell in conflict.

Today – Armistice Day – Brentford commemorates the nine soldiers who played for the Club in peace time - plus four footballers that made war-time appearances - and who died in conflict in service of their country.

The 13 who made the ultimate sacrifice are listed below:

Bombardier William George Allwright

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery.

Baptised: 06.06.1880 
Died: 12.04.1918

Private James Greechan

Regiment: 12th (Service) Battalion Highland Light Infantry.

Born: circa 1884 
Died: 25.08.1917

Sergeant Patrick Hagan

Regiment: 11th Battalion Royal Scots.

Born: 1880 
Died: 14.07.1916

Company Sergeant Major George William Kennedy


Born: 12.03.1882
Died: 16.11.1917

Sergeant George Littler

Regiment: First and Second Battalion Kings Royal Rifles.

Born: 21.06.1888 
Died: 11.05.1915

Private Henry George Purver

Regiment: 24th Battalion (Second Sportsmen’s) Royal Fusiliers.

Born: circa 1891 
Died: 31.07.1916

Private Horace Osborne Robotham

Regiment: 23rd Battalion Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment)

Born: July 1879 
Died: 12.09.1916

Sergeant Percy Kitchener Saunders

Regiment: 18th Divisional Workshops Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Born: Mid 1916 
Died: March 1 or 2 1942

Private Ralph Shields

Regiment: No.2 Company Australian Army Service Corps

Born: circa 1892 
Died: 21.11.1944

Four known footballers wore the colours of Brentford FC during wartime football (1914-1918 and 1939-1945) and also made the ultimate sacrifice.

Private William Kirby 
18 appearances, 1916/17 London Combination. Died 03.10.1917

Sapper John Fredericks Alborough 
Three appearances 1918/19 London Combination. Died 31.10.1918

Sergeant Henry Cook 
Ten appearances, 1915/16 London Combination. Died 09.1.1917

Sergeant Albert Edward Bonass
Two appearances, 1941 to 1943 Football League (South). Died 09.10.1945

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