Photo of painting by Lady Butler showing men dribbling football across enemy lines at The Battle of Loos, September 1915. Copyright London Irish Rifles Association
Photo of painting by Lady Butler showing men dribbling
football across enemy lines at The Battle of Loos, September
1915. Copyright London Irish Rifles Association

Members of the London Irish Rifles will be on hand during the day to discuss military life during the First World War and tell the story of how officers from their regiment kicked the leather football, now known as the ‘Loos football’, across enemy lines in September 1915 at the Battle of Loos.

John Hollins, ex Chelsea and England footballer and longtime local resident will be on hand to discuss the importance of football in national pride and sustaining morale as well as giving visitors an insight into his life and experiences as a fifteen year old apprentice playing for Chelsea Football Club.

In the afternoon the children from Holy Trinity School Choir will sing songs from the period.

Tickets are £7.50 and can be booked here.

Marquee, Duke of York Square SW3 4LY

Programme
10.00am – The Loos football arrives with the London Irish Rifles accompanied by schoolchildren from Christchurch school and John Hollins
2.30pm – Holy Trinity School Choir sings songs from the period
6.30pm – Robert Fleming of National Army Museum gives a lecture about London regiments during the Great War.

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