Clapton Orient’s major contribution to the 17th Middlesex – the Footballers’ Battalion, is well documented with footage on a continuous loop of the O’s last game before going off to war, along with film of a number of the footballers undertaking a training session at the White City in London in which Fred Parker, William Jonas and Richard McFadden can be seen waving to the camera.
Memorabilia pertaining to the recent work undertaken to commemorate the O’s service in the war is also shown, including the order of service for the unveiling ceremony of the O’s memorial in Flers, a report on this year’s Somme trip and also an O’s Somme badge which glitters in the glare of a spotlight.
Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the PFA gave a speech in which he reminded everyone present of the anniversary last Monday of the Footballers’ Battalion being raised at Fulham Town Hall one hundred years ago to the day and the special commemoration service that took place. He also spoke of Clapton Orient’s significant contribution to the 17th Middlesex with O’s captain Fred Parker and Homerton’s heart-throb Billy Jonas being mentioned by name.
The exhibition runs until September 6th, 2015 and entry is free.