Kettering Town 'Poppies' Supporter's Trust

Trust programme notes - King's Lynn - 06/11/2018

Posted on Thursday December 13th 2018

Dear Supporter

It has been quite some time since we played a home league game and tonight is no different. Kings Lynn come back to Latimer Park tonight for the second time this season but this time for the City Security Challenge Cup. My only outstanding memory of any non-league cup competition (FA Trophy aside) is our win in the GMAC Cup Final back in the mid 80s when Alan Buckley was in charge. That’s it – nothing else comes to mind!

As we have had various cup and trophy fixtures recently it has meant the postponement of several home league fixtures. This home match is the closest, now, to Remembrance Sunday. Fellow Trust Board member, Bob Brown, has taken the time to remember those connected with the Poppies during the First World War:

At this time of year – particularly with the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War almost upon us – it is worth pausing to remember the six men associated with the Poppies at the outbreak of war who gave their lives in the cause of freedom (with acknowledgement to Mel Hopkins for the original research).

The majority of the 43 players registered with the club for the 1914-15 season saw military service, and three of these made the ultimate sacrifice:

July 1916. Private Herbert Percy Cyril Becks, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Laid to rest at the London Road Cemetery, Kettering.

August 1916. Private Alfred Cosford, 1st/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Laid to rest at the Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuille Wood, Somme, France.

September 1918. Private Oscar Elderton, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

In addition, nine of the twelve men of the committee that ran the club went off to fight, and three of these never returned home:

July 1917. Private Frank Houghton, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Laid to rest at Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux, France
November 1917.

Lance-corporal Oliver Arthur Burdett, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Laid to rest at Bailleul Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. March 1918.

Private Thomas Baker, 9th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.

May they rest in peace.


Karen Lewis

On behalf of the SupportersTrust

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