We Will Remember Them

Many places around the world today held services and other events to commemorate Armistice Day, exactly 100 years after the end of the First World War.

Whitstable Town played at Sittingbourne yesterday, where they held a short ceremony before the game. This morning Whitstable Town Football Club laid its own wreath at the War Memorial in the town.

Whitstable War Memorial

The article below is an extract from the last home programme that was produced for the Velocity Trophy game against Greenwich Borough on 6th November.

THE GREAT WAR 1914-18

All over the world, Allied and Enemy forces comprised hundreds of thousands of individuals. On both sides of the war, there are stories of heroism and courage, empathy and cruelty, love and loss, despair and insanity. It brought out the best and the worst in people. We can remember and reflect on the horrors of war, but we have no right to judge our fellow humans for the acts of their ancestors a century ago. The world was united in regret, sorrow and grief.

The majority of British servicemen were in the Army and Navy – around six million Army personnel were deployed during the war and at the start of the war there were over 200,000 in the Navy. In 1917 an Act of Parliament establishing an Air Force and an Air Council was given Royal Assent, with the Royal Air Force forming in early 1918.

Life at the front in World War 1 was tough, particularly for those in the trenches of Belgium, Northern France and the German border. The landscape was scarred with craters from shell-fire. The wet, muddy conditions and constant deafening bombardment of artillery took their toll on soldiers of both sides. Despite their plight, a great many soldiers wrote long, eloquent letters and poems, composed music and songs, drew pictures and made beautiful or poignant objects from whatever material was available – creations which became known collectively as trench art.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

The centenary to honour those who served is being marked throughout the UK during 2018. Whitstable’s War Memorial carries a sad list of one hundred and seventy five names carved in stone, not just names of lost sons of the Town but of young men who lived, enrolled or died in Whitstable as a result of the conflict. Included are former Whitstable Town Football Club players and officials who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives fighting for our country. Players William Browning Foad, James Cole and Frank Davison, committee man Jack Hudson and promising young local player David Botting were all remembered.

WILLIAM BROWNING FOAD Royal Fusiliers – Died 24th April 1917
JAMES COLE Royal Naval Reserve – Died 25th February 1919
FRANK DAVISON Royal Garrison Artillery – Died 26th Sept.1917
DAVID BOTTING Buffs (East Kent Regiment -) Died 18th Mar.1916
JACK HUDSON East Surrey Regiment – Died (date unknown)

WHITSTABLE F.C.

Thanet League Champions 1908-09

Back row: H. Keam, W. Barham, G. Hawkes, R. Gambrell, F.S. Gann.

Middle row: H. Tilley, D.C. Keddie, O. Rowden, H. Gambrill, W. Foad, J. Cole, W. Foreman, G. Dunn, F. Humphrey, S. Anderson.

Front row: R.T. Lang (President), W.J. Foreman, J. Gambrill, A. Amos, P. Ray, F. Davison, W. Wyver (Secretary), D. Ward.

The above Whitstable FC team picture includes three players who lost their lives in World War I: W.Foad, J.Cole and F. Davison.

William Browning Foad is buried in the Windmill British Cemetery Monchy-Le Preaux, France.
Frank Davison is buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery in Belgium.
James Cole is buried in the Whitstable Cemetery.