As the Battle of Somme marks its 100 anniversary, a campaign has been launched to commemorate the role of fallen sportsmen in the war.
The Royal British Legion's (RBL) Sport Remembers the Somme 1916-2016 campaign, fronted by sporting legends including Olympic gold medal athlete Sally Gunnell and former number one golfer Sir Nick Faldo, has released 100 Sportsmen of the Somme stories in the hope to inspire sports clubs to hold their own remembrance events.
One such sportsman was brave corporal Frederick Edwin Bullock born July 1, 1886, in Hounslow , who played as a defender for several local teams including Hounslow Town, and later joined Huddersfield AFC as well as an England footballer.
As with a majority of athletes and players, he joined the war after sport was suspended in the UK during the Battle of Somme.
He was a lance corporal who fought at Delville Wood and Guillemont on the Somme and was wounded in the shoulder while with the 1 Football Battalion, 17 Battalion Middlesex Regiment (the Duke of Cambridge’s own).
Having survived the battle, tragedy struck in 1918 when his left knee was injured in an accident, putting an end to his football career.
He was looking to go into football management after the injury forced him to retire in 1922, but became a pub landlord in Huddersfield.
Unable to cope he died after drinking ammonia at the pub and was found by his wife Maude on November 14, 1922.
He died at the young age of 36.
The Battle of the Somme, which ran from July 1 to November 18, 1916, was one of the most difficult and costly battles of the First World War.
Sportsmen enlisted to fight and the industry sufferd losses which were felt at club level and in the community.
James Goodwin from RBL said: “The Battle of Somme's losses were felt particularly deeply by sport.
“With sport in the UK suspended for the war, athletes and players served and fell in great numbers at the Somme.
“The Royal British Legion is calling on sports at all levels, both amateur and professional, to commemorate their contribution.
“Sport has the ability to touch every community and we hope that Sport Remembers will unite our nation in ensuring their sacrifice is never forgotten.”
RBL has released a free toolkit for sports clubs and teams who want to hold a commemorative event.