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Remembering Moor Green FC War Heroes

By Luke Turner

Part one of our two-piece series...

In the build-up to Remembrance Sunday and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the Club visited Swanshurst School to take in a presentation from a group of the school girls.

Hosted by Douglas Smith MBE and Head Teacher Debbie James and attended by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Yvonne Mosquito, and the Deputy Lieutenant of West Midlands, George Marsh TD DL, the presentation focused on footballers from Birmingham who died in the First World War.

Aston Villa, Birmingham, West Bromwich Albion and Moor Green were all represented, so we’ve taken a further look at the former Moors footballers that gave so much for the country.

Part One:

Private Frederick Arthur Woodcock – 14th Battalion (1st Birmingham Pals) Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Woodcock was an only child who was born in in Sheffield. He was an ex-pupil of King Edward’s School and excelled at football and cricket, but his love was for rowing. He was the secretary of the Birmingham Rowing Club and played football for Moor Green.

Private Herbert Leslie Tomlinson – “C” Battery 58th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

One of 12 children, Tomlinson was educated at King Edward’s School. When he left the school in 1912, he went to work for Wolseley Motors Limited alongside playing for the Moors.

Private Alfred Blackham – Royal Army Medical Corps

He was the eldest son of F.B. and Mary Emma Blackham and one of six brothers who served.

2nd Lieutenant Stanley Phillips Fryer – 30th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Fryer was born in Swansea and married at the age of 25 in 2011. He was a commercial traveller for blue starch, black lead and metal polish.

Gunner Wilfred Leslie Hales – 280th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery

Hales was born in Solihull in 1886. Alongside playing football, he worked as a bank clerk and lived in Erdington.

Captain Charles Leslie Young – Royal Air Force

Born in Balsall Heath, he was the youngest of three children and the only son. In 1911 he was living on the Balsall Heath Road and was in charge of the English export department of Messrs Wills and Sons (tobacco merchants) in Birmingham.

Private William Anthony Machin – 16th Battalion Middlesex Regiment

Machin attended Solihull School and became a commercial traveller for a paper manufacturer, alongside playing football for the Moors.

Updated 10:14 - 12 Nov 2018 by Luke Turner

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