Auction launched for Tommy Club statues in memory of O's heroes

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On the anniversary of the formation of the Footballers’ Battalion, Leyton Orient has launched the auction of 3 Unknown Tommy statues that commemorate the 3 Clapton Orient players who lost their lives in WW1.

Produced at the RBLI’s social enterprise, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Co., by veterans supported by the O’s home shirt charity partner, Tommy Club, the statues commemorate the lives of Private William Jonas, Sergeant Major Richard McFadden and Private George Scott.

The three Clapton Orient players were among those who served in the 17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment (which became known as the Footballers’ Battalion), formed by William Joynson-Hicks on 12th December 1914 at the Fulham Town Hall as part of the Pals battalion scheme. The O’s heroes sadly did not return from the Somme and are commemorated each year at Remembrance, as they were this year with a short ceremony before kick-off at the Hartlepool match on 30th October.

O’s fans can now bid to own the statues created especially for this ceremony, with three auctions launched on the Club’s official eBay page with the starting bid of RRP £175. All proceeds from the auction of the three Unknown Tommy statues will be donated directly to Tommy Club.

Click here to bid for the Unknown Tommy Statue commemorating Private William Jonas.

Click here to bid for the Unknown Tommy Statue commemorating Sergeant Major Richard McFadden.

Click here to bid for the Unknown Tommy Statue commemorating Private George Scott.