Yesterday BBC Radio 5 live released a clip on the ‘In Short’ section of their website featuring a piece about former Grimsby Town captain Sid Wheelhouse, who died in the Great War.
Wheelhouse made 287 appearances for the club between 1907-16 and was a member of the Footballer’s Battalion. The Mariners skipper fought on the Western Front from January 1916 until his death on the 19th September; when Lance Corporal Wheelhouse was mortally wounded when his machine gun unit was attacked at Beaumont Hamel on the Somme.
On Armistice day this year, ahead of the FC Halifax Town fixture, the grandson of Sid Wheelhouse laid a reef on the Blundell Park pitch in memory of his grandfather and the thousands of men who were lost between 1914-18.
You can listen to the poignant BBC Radio 5 live feature here.
Dean and Diane Wilbourne-Kay at the grave of their relative Sidney Wheelhouse. Also pictured is BBC radio presenter Mike Ingham.