Club to unveil plaques on anniversary of war

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POMPEY will pay tribute to the men who fell in the First World War with the unveiling of a plaque at Fratton Park on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict.

Organised by the Pompey Pals’ charity, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the battalions, two memorials will be unveiled outside the club’s offices in Frogmore Road on Monday.

One plaque is dedicated to Captain Edward Bell MC, a former Pompey player who was killed at the Somme while serving with the ‘Footballers battalion’ (17th Middlesex battalion).

And a main memorial stone will be dedicated to all those who served with the 14th and 15th Battalions Hampshire Regiment.

The unveiling will be made by Dame Mary Fagan Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire with Portsmouth Lord Mayor councillor Steven Wylie, Penny Mordaunt MP and club chairman Iain McInnes.

Bob Beech, the driving force behind the project, who helped set up the Pompey Pals’ charity said: ‘The Pompey Pals project is proud to be working with Portsmouth Community Football Club to commemorate those from our region who served during the Great War.’