The Southend programme of 7th February 1959, states that, ‘One of our oldest servants, Assistant- Trainer Jimmy Eggleton, is ill with a touch of Bronchitis. Jimmy was gassed in World War 1, and his present chest condition is a repercussion from this.’ Last year, I mentioned that Dennis Higgins was an amateur defender who played thirty times for the R’s before joining the Sportsmen Battalion and becoming an officer. He was so badly injured at Ypres in Flanders that he never played again.
The following servicemen had at some time played for Queen’s Park Rangers and all tragically lost their lives serving their Country:
Evelyn Henry Lintott – He made thirty five appearances for the R’s and was also our first England International. He died leading his men of the 15th West Yorkshire Regiment on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Ron Gould has done some extensive research into his life and has even visited the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing in Northern France. There is a major ceremony at the Memorial each year on 1st July.
Albert Bonass – He joined QPR in 1939 and later became a reserve policeman before joining the RAF. He was killed just eight weeks or so after VJ Day on a training flight – the Stirling bomber crashed in Yorkshire.
Frank Cannon – Described as a ‘dashing player and good dribbler with a fine shot’, he turned out twenty nine times for QPR before signing for West Ham. After the outbreak of the Great War, he joined the Army and became a Sgt Major in the Essex Regiment. He was killed on the Western Front on 15th February 1916 and was buried at Potijze in Belgium.
Joseph Dines – Apart from winning more than twenty amateur caps for England, he also played in all three matches in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm for the Great Britain team which won him a gold medal. He travelled the country as a schoolmaster and made just one appearance for the Rangers. He was one of three brothers to enlist but he only survived eleven days. He was cut down by machine gun fire on 27th September 1918.
Charles Clarke – He played six times for QPR before moving on to Luton Town in 1938. He lost his life on active service in 1943.
Albert Edwards – Made seventeen appearances for the R’s and also played for Bristol City and Newport County. He lost his life in the Great War.
John H Pennifer – Joined QPR in 1913 and after just three appearances, he enlisted in 1914 and died at the Battle of the Somme.
John Tosswill – He played three times for the R’s before joining the Royal Engineers. He became a dispatch rider and returned home after being wounded but died on the operating table in 1915.
Harry Vernon Thornton – Thirty seven Rangers appearances and scored 10 goals. Like many other players, he joined the ‘Footballer’s Battalion’ and later died in France.
J.Butler – Dennis Signy mentions him in his book ‘as being a victim of the Great War’. Furthermore, Gordon Macey refers to a player with that surname but no initial who made his debut against Arsenal on Boxing Day 1916. He went on to make seven appearances for the R’s.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
(My sources of reference include Reg Hayter’s 1948 history of the club, Dennis Signy’s 1969 book,John Marks’s excellent ‘Heroes In Hoops’ and Gordon Macey of course)