Everton Remembers

Evertonians and local residents are invited to gather at Goodison Park on Friday to pay their respects to players who lost their lives during wartime conflict.

A remembrance service, organised by the Everton Heritage Society, will be staged at the Memorial Gates at the Park End next to the Dixie Dean statute and in front of the plaques that commemorate those who have fallen.

The service, which begins at 11am, will be conducted by Reverend Henry Corbett - the Club’s chaplain at USM Finch Farm - with all welcome to attend.

Wreaths will be laid by Everton Football Club and there will also be a talk on Everton players who lost their lives in conflict. A total of five players lost their lives in the two World Wars while on the books of Everton.

Brian Atkins was an airman and gunner killed on duty in 1944.

Thomas Gracie fought with the Royal Scots, while Leigh Richmond Roose was a charismatic goalkeeper killed on the Western front in 1917.

Bill Sumner, a fleet footed winger and pilot, died in an accident in India in 1944, while Wilfred Toman died fighting with the King’s regiment on the Western Front.

Also commemorated on the plaque are Frank Boundy and Malcom Fraser, who were founder members of Everton Chile in 1909 and had British roots which drew them from Chile to Europe to volunteer, during which they both died at the Somme in 1916.

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