GREAT SERVANTS TO CLUB AND COUNTRY
Three years ago, Queen’s Park embarked on a project to learn more about the members of the club who served in the armed forces in the Great War 1914-18. The project has now come to a conclusion and the final report has been published.
It has now been established that at least 227 Queen’s Park members and players enlisted during the Great War. Initially, 33 were thought to have lost their lives but George Leckie was added to the list of the deceased in the latter stages of the project. Monday 27 August is the centenary of George’s death. Appendix 3 “The Queen’s Park men who lost their lives” has been updated and appears in the Club/Great War section of the Queen’s Park website. CLICK HERE to access the updated Appendix 3.
The centenary of the death of another member is also imminent. First eleven player Tom Haydock died of wounds received in battle on 2 September 1918.
Members and supporters can collect copies of the final report from the Queen’s Park office during normal office hours. The report will also be available in the main reception area at Hampden Park before each home game between now and Saturday 10 November. The report can also be found in the Great War section of the club website. CLICK HERE to access the report.
Several events relating to the Great War project are planned to take place in the lead-up to the Armistice on 11 November 2018. Details will follow in due course.
BATTLE OF AMIENS – A VIDEO ON THE LIFE AND EARLY DEATH OF GEORGE RAMSAY
During May 2018 , Queen’s Park were approached by the Department for Digital , Culture, Media and Sport – the UK Government department responsible for organising First World War commemorations. In 2018 they advised that they were marking 100 years since the Battle of Amiens which began on 8 August 1918. On the first day of the Battle , 25 year old George Ramsay , a QP 1st X1 player from 1911/12 had been killed in action. A QP Youth Coach, Alex Urquhart, was filmed in June 2018 on our Hampden campus reflecting on George Ramsay’s life and early death on 8 August 1918. Click HERE to view the DCMS video clip. The UK Government Department will be showing this clip and other tales of those who served in 1918 as part of their campaign to raise awareness of those who participated in the summer offensives of 100 years ago. Journalists from BBC Scotland and national newspapers have sought interviews and comments from the Club on the ‘ 9 QP members/players now known to have lost their lives in 1918 ‘ – as set out in Frank McCrossan’s most recent paper of May 2018.
During July and early August 2018, approaches have been made to Queen’s Park by the Heritage Lottery Fund to participate in their #OneCentenary100Stories social media campaign being launched in August 2018 – to showcase how National Lottery funding has helped communities across the UK take part in the First World War Centenary in a variety of ways. Indications are that our video film on the visit be QP youth, senior players,staff and supporters to the ‘Digging In’ project in Pollok Park may supplement stories on the bravery of those 227 QP men now known to have served.
Queen’s Park will be adding display boards on George Ramsay to our Photo Galleries in the J B McAlpine Pavilion in early August 2018 and are glad to report that the production of 5,000 copies of our 2018 Report on ‘QUEEN’S PARK and THE GREAT WAR’ is at an advanced stage for distribution from early September 2018 to 11 November 2018. More information on the 2018 Report will be provided on our club website.
NEW FILM ON QUEEN’S PARK’S GREAT WAR INITIATIVE.
In early 2015 a Club initiative was approved aiming to provide a more complete picture – by the centenary of the Armistice in November 2018 –of the 226 Queen’s Park members, players and former players known to have enlisted in the Forces. 33 of these men lost their lives.
The Queen’s Park Roll of Honour – with the World War One plaque –is located, currently within an exhibition space in the Scottish Football Museum. Posters, photos and a display case (containing medals lent by the Risk Moodie Young and Grant families)illustrate the scale of the contribution to the war effort. You are encouraged to visit the Scottish Football Museum.
In 2017 Queen’s Park commissioned a short film explaining the initiative; and the progress made by December 2016. CLICK HERE to watch the film .
NEW AND UPDATED PAPERS BY FRANK McCROSSAN.
In April 2017 Frank McCrossan –QP member and historian – submitted an updated account of the ‘226 QUEEN’S PARK MEN WHO SERVED ‘. Click HERE to read this account.
APPENDICES 1 and 2 provide biographical military and footballing backgrounds on ‘96 SURVIVORS’ Click HERE to read APPENDIX 1 on 44 of these men. Click HERE to read Appendix 2 on 52 of these men.
APPENDIX 3 provides data and the backgrounds on 32 of the 33 QUEEN’S PARK MEN WHO DIED DURING THE WAR. Click HERE to read APPENDIX 3.
APPENDIX 4 provides a list of 97 of the QUEEN’S PARK MEMBERS AND PLAYERS WHO SERVED AND SURVIVED ;- BUT ON WHOM WE HAVE LITTLE INFORMATION ON THEIR BIOGRAPHICAL , FOOTBALL AND MILITARY BACKGROUNDS. Queen’s Park seek responses and any information from families friends and community/regimental sources. Click HERE to read APPENDIX 4.
In November 2017 Frank McCrossan submitted accounts of ‘ THE TEN QUEEN’S PARK MEN WHO DIED IN 1917 ‘ Click HERE to read this paper. . A further paper ‘THE NINE QUEEN’S PARK MEN WHO DIED IN 1918’ was produced in May 1918. Click HERE to access the paper.
And ;- ‘REMEMBERING ARTHUR & HERBERT MURRAY’ ;-his paper on 2 Brothers who served in the Great War; and played for both Queen’s Park and Arbroath; (SPFL visitors to Hampden on 11 November 2017). Click HERE to read the paper on the Murray Brothers.
OTHER LEAFLETS PAMPHLETS and PAPERS ISSUED SINCE 2015.
In February 2016 Queen’s Park distributed a leaflet setting out the aims of the Initiative; acknowledging initial responses and submissions; and seeking more information. Click HERE to read the leaflet.
In May 2016 Queen’s Park distributed a 12 A4 page colour pamphlet introducing a few of the battlefront heroes from Queen’s Park who served – including ROBERT CHRISTIE; EDDIE GARVIE; JOHN BARBOUR; JOHN ROBERTS; PETER MOODIE and RALPH RISK – and set out the research work and other activities being progressed from April to December 2016 with the assistance of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Click HERE to read the pamphlet.
A paper on the life of Arthur Geake, who served on the Club Committee from 1880 to 1920, including five spells as Club President, can be viewed HERE.
PAPERS AND A 2017 PUBLICATION BY FRED ELLSWORTH ; QP MEMBER AND RETIRED HISTORY TEACHER
Between April and July 2016 Fred Ellsworth submitted his three initial papers on ‘QUEEN’S PARK PLAYERS and MEMBERS at the FRONT LINE focussing on those who were killed in action; wounded or served with distinction at ;-
LOOS in 1915 (including EDDIE GARVIE) . Click HERE to read about QP involvement in this Battle in 1915.
GALLIPOLI and the EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (including ANDREW McCRAE ). Click HERE to read about QP involvement in these areas.
NORTH OF THE SOMME IN 1916 AND EARLY 1917 (including JOHN BARBOUR). Click HERE to read about QP involvement.
In March 2017 Fred Ellsworth submitted the most recent in his series of papers on ‘QUEEN’S PARK in the FRONT LINE ‘. This paper focuses on the involvement of three QP members (WALTER COULTER; RALPH RISK and DAVID SORLEY) at ARRAS between February and May 1917. Click HERE to read the paper on ‘ARRAS in 1917’.
These papers form the core material for a 108 page narrative account that Fred Ellsworth completed in 2017 – focussing on the 33 QP members players and former players now known to have lost their lives during the Great War 100 years ago – and making reference to over 100 QP men known to have served in the Front Lines. A paper submitted in March 2016 by Fred Ellsworth titled ‘QUEEN’S PARK RESPONDS to WAR’ provides his updated context statement for his narrative accounts of those at the front line. Click HERE to read Fred’s March 2016 paper.
Queen’s Park were glad to be awarded a second ‘WW1 -THEN AND NOW’ grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in April 2017. Part of the grant enabled the club to obtain 130 hardback copies of this excellent 2017 publication on ‘Queen’s Park and the Great War 1914 to 1918’ written by Fred Ellsworth in conjunction with the club’s project. These hardback copies have been gifted by the Club to relatives of those who served ; those who actively assisted the club’s project; and libraries in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire to assist us in raising awareness. Queen’s Park have also obtained 50 paperback copies of the Ellsworth 2017 publication from the initial print runs. For a £5 donation to the club’s youth and community initiatives, members and supporters can obtain a paperback copy from the QP office – from this supply. Sincere thanks to both Fred Ellsworth and Frank McCrossan for all their work to date.
GREAT WAR GALLERY PHASE 1
The club’s Great War initiative was successful in securing Heritage Lottery Fund Grants from their ‘WW1 -THEN and NOW’ programme. These have enabled photos to be scanned, digitally stored and catalogued within a new Queen’s Park and the Great War section of the ‘QP COLLECTION’ held by the Scottish Football Museum. From these records, funds were also provided by HLF to produce poster and photo displays for the gallery in the upstairs corridor of the J B McAlpine Pavilion. Copies of the initial 12 individual boards and 12 team boards on some of the 100 QP 1st X1 players who served in the Great War can ber accessed by CLICKING HERE.
FURTHER ACTIVITIES FROM APRIL 2017 to NOVEMBER 2018.
Queen’s Park’s initiative on ‘QUEEN’S PARK and THE GREAT WAR’ will progress until the centenary of the Armistice in November 2018. A range of new activities and learning materials are being resourced between April 2017 and November 2018 with the assistance of a grant awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Queen’s Park continue to invite general comment as well as information from the families of members and former players who served. Correspondence should be addressed by post to Christine Wright, Secretary QPFC, Hampden Park, Glasgow G42 9BA or email firstname.lastname@example.org