Fallen Heroes Remembered
Frontpage photo shows Peter at the grave of Wilf Toman and Picture on this page shows the Erquighem-lys (France) CWGC Churchyard extension where Wilf is buried.
Pete Jones of Crosby, Merseyside and Charlie Glibert of Chicago, Illinois (currently based in Mainz, Germany). Recently visited the graves and monuments to those Everton players who lost their lives during the 1914-18 War.
Their journey took in most of the Western Front from the Thiepval Memorial to the Messines Ridge.
As well as Lt. Frank Boundy MC, Sgt. Arnold Cantell, 2nd Lt. Malcolm Fraser, Harold Boyes, Pte. Henry Churchill and Ptes. Jeoffrey Carmichael and Edward Atkinson. He visited two former players mentioned on our website:
Lance Corporal Leigh Richmond Roose MM,commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial
Lee played for the Toffees during the 1904-05 season please click HERE for his full stats
Lance Corporal Wilfred Toman, 2/10th (Scottish) Battalion The Kings Liverpool Regiment buried in Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension
Wilf played for Everton during two spells with the club 1899 and 1901-1904 please click HERE for his stats
Pete and Charlie covered exactly 501 km which is just over 307 miles; 9.15 am to 8.30 pm on the first day and 6.45 am to 5.30 pm on the second. They left a laminated memorial card with the club crest (crests of both clubs for Frank Boundy and Malcolm Fraser), a picture of a blue cornflower (the French equivalent of the poppy) and some of the individuals’ service at each location. They were designed by Pete and printed and laminated by Keiron at CS Digital of Crosby.
They crossed the area just south of Arras where Leigh Roose won his Military Medal fighting off a flamethower attack, and the Loos battlefield at Hulluch where Frank Boundy won his MC for organising the wiring of no mans land. I photographed the areas where Frank Boundy ,Malcolm Fraser and Leigh Roose were killed on the Somme. They also visited the New Zealand memorials and also fitted in visits to the Australian National Memorial at Villiers Bretonneux and the Canadian National Memorial on Vimy Ridge. The trip was hectic but fantastically rewarding. The pair are indebted to Philip Ross for his help in providing information on Wilf Toman. Ken Lees; the historian of the 17th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment for sharing his files on Malcolm Boundy and the Cameronians Museum in Hamilton, Lanarkshire for assistance with Malcolm Fraser.
Pete is hoping to visit more Former Blues who lost their lives during the wars. ‘I have a memorial card for Tom Gracie and I am hoping to get to visit Glasgow to place it in the not too distant future. I still have Brian Atkins at Monte Cassino and William Sumner in Madras plus a couple of the Kiwi boys who were killed in Palestine to research and commemorate.’
All at EFPF wish him well with his future research and visits.