A new booklet by our friend Roger Deason, dedicated to the 22 Dulwich Hamlet men who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War, has been produced under the banner of Hamlet Historian. "When Shall Their Glory Fade?" will be available priced £3.00 at Champion Hill from Saturday 7th November 2015.
Over a hundred members from the football and cricket clubs joined the forces and many of them received decorations of valour. Some were to return to their civilian lives maimed, having lost an eye or a limb, and some were emotionally scarred forever. A handful continued their footballing careers with the club well into the 1920s.
Roger Deason is a long time contributor to the Hamlet Historian magazine. His painstaking research, attention to detail and immense pride in his subject, has added flesh on the bone to the names of the men inscribed on the bronze War Memorial at Champion Hill.
The Second World War claimed the lives of four more players: Eric Pierce, Ron Ebsworth, Bill Parr and Reg Anderson.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
The Hamlet Historian, initiated by Mishi D. Morath in 1998, is an occasional magazine for those interested in the history of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club. It is our great privilege to reprint Roger Deason’s scholarly work. His original article first appeared in Issue 14 of the Hamlet Historian in November 2005. It has been updated to include new found information.
Profits from the book will go towards the Inter City 125 Fund.
Jack McInroy, Editor Hamlet Historian, November 2015.