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Association Football - A winter's day; a football match, a line of soldiers, some wearing grey coats, watches from the touchline | Image © IWM ART LD 46.

Football at War – HMS Leicester City

On 8 September 1939, the Football Association declared that all football except that organised by the armed forces was suspended ‘until official notice to the contrary’. This was in contrast to 1914 when professional football had continued during the first year of the war. The threat of air attack and the introduction of conscription made…


HMT Southcoates

Hostilities Only Ordinary Signalman Brooks’ first draft after training was His Majesty’s Trawler (HMT) Southcoates. Built in 1918, she was christened Samuel Drake and launched from yard no.363 into the River Clyde  by builders Bow McLachlan & Company of Paisley.  Bow, McLachlan & Co. had entered the specialist shipbuilding market in ‘knock-down’ vessels. These were bolted…