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Spurs Remembers: 100 years on

Posted on 1 July 2016  - 05:00

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the first Battle of the Somme – a day on which 19,240 British soldiers lost their lives and tens of thousands more were injured in what remains one of the darkest days in UK military history.

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Among those killed on this day in 1916 were Archie Wilson and Norman Wood, who both represented the Club before joining the Armed forces. The pair are commemorated among 72,000 fallen heroes from the 141-day-long battle at the Thiepval Memorial in France.

Another of our former players succumbed at the second Battle of the Somme two years later – Walter Tull, the first British-born black combat officer in the British army and one of the first black outfield players in the professional game, represented the Club from 1909-1911.

The Club joins the entire nation in paying our respects to all those who fought and died at the Somme during the First World War.