On Friday, 11th November at the eleventh hour, in the eleventh year, Evertonians and others gathered to pay their respects to an exceptional group of young men, players from here and from Chile who gave their lives in the two World Wars. The service began at 10.40 at the Plaque based at the Park End, close to the Dixie Dean statue at Goodison Park.
Research on the seven who feature on the Plaques – an identical one in Spanish is destined for the Sausalito Stadium in Viña del Mar, home of Everton Chile – was carried out by Dr David France, Dr John Rowlands, Paul Wharton, John Shearon, Frank Gorman and Linda Lines. The names were carved with impeccable skill by master mason John Smith of Crosby Memorials. The following all played for Everton F.C.: Brian Atkins, Airman and gunner killed on duty in 1944, Thomas Gracie, who also played for Liverpool and fought with the Royal Scots, Leigh Richmond Roose a charismatic goalkeeper killed on the Western front in 1917, Bill Sumner, a winger and pilot who died in an accident in India in 1944 and Wilfred Toman, who died fighting with the King’s regiment on the Western Front. Frank Boundy and Malcolm Fraser, were founder members of Everton Chile in 1909and had British roots which drew them from Chile to Europe to volunteer; they both died at the Somme in 1916.
Some were barely out of their teens, heroes on the pitch and certainly on the battlefield. This is why Dr France and the Everton Shareholders’ Association decided to create a lasting memorial.
The service at Goodison was conducted by Reverend Harry Ross and representatives of the Club, the Shareholders’ Association, Evertonians, as well as representatives from a number of regiments for whom the seven fought also attended.
On the other side of the world, at Chile Everton’s Sausalito Stadium, a similar service of dedication and commemoration also took place on Sunday, 13th November (11:00 local time) with John Shearon representing the Shareholders’ Association, The Ruleteros Society and Evertonians generally.
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