OUR HER-O'S: Part three of Orient's WW1 Heroes

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HUGALL, James Cockburn

Hugall who was born in Whitburn County Durham on Friday 26 April 1889, he started off his career with Rectory Park Villa in the Hendon District League (Hendon is a District in Sunderland). In 1907 he moved to Sunderland St Stephen’s Co-operative FC and the following year onto the Whitburn club before the 5ft 11ins and 12st 2ins goalie joined O’s on 17 June 1910.

He was with O’s for eight seasons after signing from the Whitburn Club. He made 49 League appearances before the war and remarkably a further 72 League appearances after the War. On 9 October 1920 he was awarded a benefit match by the O’s management, a London Combination fixture against Tottenham Hotspur which attracted over 10 000 fans.

He was wounded several times during the war. In December 1916 he stayed on leave in a Sunderland Convalescent home and in May 1917 he injured his cheek just below the eye but quickly recovered. In September 1917 he was injured a second time and was a patient in the Denmark Hill Hospital.

During his time in the Services he received serious injuries to both his legs, left eye and shoulder, yet remarkably he returned to O’s on 26 June 1919 and missed only seven matches in the 1919-20 season.
On Friday 23 September 1927 Hugall died in the Ashbrooks Nursing Home, Sunderland after an operation, aged just thirty-eight, leaving a wife and two sons. At the time of his death he was the manager of the George and Dragon Hotel in Sunderland

ING, Joseph Charles

Joe Ing was born in Walthamstow and was an Air Mechanic in the Royal Flying Corps.

The wing-half played on 2 September 1916 in a 3-0 win over Millwall and on 23 September 1916, a 0-3 defeat to Fulham and a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on 4 November 1916.

He was one of five players to return to the Club after the Great War, making 17 League and 1 FA Cup appearances for O’s in 1919-20, his League debut came on 5 December 1919 at Nottingham Forest,  before moving off to Spurs nursery club Northfleet and later he had a short spell for Southern League side Swindon Town.

JEYES, Arthur James

James Jeyes (sometimes listed as Jayes), a left winger who served with the forces as a Gunner and in December 1916 he was added to the O’s Roll of Honour.

Jeyes was born in Stepney, London during 1890 and joined the O’s before the War on professional terms, making a single League appearance at wing half at Leeds City on 3 February 1915.

JONAS, William

Willie or Billy Jonas served as a Private in the Army with Service Number: F/32. He was killed in action on Thursday 27 July 1916

He born in Cambois, Blyth, Northumberland during September 1890, living at 21 Boathouse Terrace, his father being a coal miner. Five years later the family moved to Washington, County Durham.

He married his local sweetheart Mary Jane Anderson on 16 December 1911 and moved into a house in Elliott Street Blyth. Having turned an offer from Burnley, he continued to play for Havanna Rovers, a pit miners team based in Washington.

The 5ft 8ins and 11st 4lbs forward joined O’s in June 1912 on recommendation of his best friend of nearly twenty-years Richard McFadden, moving into the same house together in Clapton and on the field, he soon proved to be a wonderful, fearless and skilful player and was often the target of some crude tackles by opposing defenders. He also donned the green jersey several times during games when Jimmy Hugall was injured.

He was a crowd favourite especially with the ladies and received up to fifty letters a weeks from adoring fans, things got so bad that he requested a notice be placed in the club programme that he is very happily married to his Durham sweetheart Mary Jane.

He once got sent-off in an FA Cup tie at Millwall during January 1915 after fighting with the Lions goalie Joseph Orme, the incident caused rioting on the terraces among rival supporters in the 16 900 fans and police on horseback had to be brought-in to quell the fighting, with the O’s fans having to be escorted out of the Den after the match, O’s losing 2-1.

Private F/32 Jonas enlisted three-years to the day of his wedding on 16 December 1914 into the 17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment–The Footballers Battalion and arrived in France on 15 November 1915.

He was listed in the first O’s Wartime squad of 1915-16 and played centre forward at Chelsea on 4 September 1915, O’s first Wartime match, losing 3-1.

He fought in the Battle of Delville Wood in Flanders and he met his death, but his body was never found, his name is inscribed on the Thiepval Memorial in France, the War Memorial in Washington, County Durham and on the club’s Somme Memorial in the village of Fleurs, France.

A few months before his death Jonas represented the 17th Middlesex Battalion who won the Association Cup in France. A winners’ medal was sent to his widow. The team defeated the 13th Essex 9-0, the 2nd  South Staffs 6-0, the King’s Royal Rifle Corp 6-0 and the 34th Brigade Royal Field Artillery in the final 11-0 played at Hersin, France on 11 April 1916, also in this strong side were George Scott and Sid Wheelhouse.

July 27 2018 marked the 102nd anniversary of his death.

JONES, Gordon

Gordon Jones was a Private in the Forces who enlisted as an Orient player. The inside right played on 25 January 1919 against Millwall, a 1-3 defeat and on 8 February 1919 against Fulham, a 0-4 loss.

Jones was born in Birkenhead on Friday 1 February 1889 and played for Bedlington St Andrew, Melrose and Birkenhead before joking Bolton Wanderers in 1909 and over two seasons he made 23 League appearances with 6 goals. In 1912 he came south to sign for Tottenham Hotspur making 7 League appearances.

He later played for Chester City, Glenavon in Ireland during 1913-14, South Liverpool in July 1914, Hurst, Chester City again, Crichton’s Athletic, Wrexham, Connah’s Quay, Hurst and Flint Town. No record of his death was located.

KING, Edward

Teddy King, a right half-back was in the O’s squad in August 1915. He played against Chelsea, a 1-5 home defeat on 13 November 1915 and against Millwall on 2 September 1916, a 3-0 win and then a 4-0 defeat at West Ham United on 7 October 1916, a 1-7 defeat by Luton Town on 18 November 1916.

He returned home from the front in December 1917 having served as a Private and was wounded in battle while serving in the Royal Surrey Regiment. He was one of the first ten O’s players to enlist at the Fulham Town Hall on 15 December 1914 with the Footballers Battalion.

King was born in Blyth, Northumberland during 1890. the second youngest of six children born to John, a miner and Martha King. His father was an active Trade Unionist member who later lived in Tynemouth.
He started his career with South Shields before moving south to join Southern League side Leyton FC in 1910. He joined Woolwich Arsenal from Leyton on 28 June 1912, making 11 League and 2 FA Cup appearances and 40 appearances for the South Eastern League reserve side. He made his Gunners debut in a 2-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on 9 November 1912. He was never on a Gunners winning side with ten defeats and three draws, his final League appearance came on 22 March 1913, a 3-0 defeat at Everton.

He moved to O’s in April 1914, making 17 Football League appearances for O’s in 1914-15. It was on 12 September 1914 when King first tasted victory in a first-team football match, a 3-0 win over Stockport County. His final appearance came in a 3-0 defeat at Bury on Saturday 3 April 1915 before just 1,918 wet and cold fans

After the War, with his footballing career ended he returned home to Blyth to become a miner.

LAMB, John

He was a ship’s writer in the Royal Navy and enlisted with the Orient first team players.

The centre forward made his debut for O’s for Reds versus Blues practice game on 28 August 1915 and he scored O’s first goal in a 5-2 defeat at West Ham United during October 1915 and netted one further goal against Fulham on 27 December 1915 and the local press reported him as a good local talent.


Private John Lee although having left O’s in 1913 to join Southern League side Exeter City he joined up with the O’s players and staff.  He played in O’s in a 1-3 defeat to Millwall on 25 January 1919 in a 3-3 at Chelsea on 1 February 1919 and then against Fulham.

Born in Morpeth, Northumberland during 1889, the young nippy left winger started out his career with  local side Morpeth Town before joining O’s in  March 1910. He got his chance of League action the following month against Leicester Fosse but over the next three season he played a further 19 games scoring once in a 2-0 win over Lincoln City on 11 March 1911, his final League appearance came  on 4 January 1913, a 5-0 defeat.

During his time with O’s he shared lodgings with Norman Holmes, living in Powecross Road, Hackney.


Syd Leggett, who was born in Clapton, London during 1897. He served as a Private in the forces having been on Fulham’s books as an amateur and signed for O’s in February 1914. He made a few WW1 aapearances for O’s during the War years.

He returned to the club after the War in July 1919 having represented the Army football team, the 5ft 7ins and 11st 6lbs centre forward made just a single O’s League appearance at inside forward on 13 September 1920, a 2-2 draw at Blackpool along with three other debutants, namely, Bradbury, Worboys and Denton.

He moved to Tunbridge Wells Rangers in May 1921 Moving to Folkestone three-years later. No news on his death could be traced.


The O’s assistant trainer served as a Private in the Army.


He served as a Gunner with the forces having enlisted as an Orient player.