As the country marks Memorial Sunday, OVF would like to pay tribute to Port Vale players, officials, fans and all other men and women who gave their lives serving their country.
Port Vale’s Valiant dead
Unfortunately, Port Vale lost several players during World War One. One was inside-right Frank Cannon who was killed on the Western Front on 15th February 1916 and was buried in Potijze in Belgium. Another was John (Jack) Shelton who was conscripted in the summer of 1917 and died in September 1918. Winger Joe (Tommy) Regan was sadly killed in 1917 and buried in Iraq. Bob Suart a half-back who had joined the club in 1911 was killed in 1918 just six weeks before the end of the war. John Yuill (a right winger) was killed in Flanders in 1916.
Inside-forward Alf Smith was also seriously wounded and never played football again.
Meanwhile, former player Leigh Roose (Port Vale, 1910) was killed at the battle of the Somme. A larger-than-life character, Roose was the subject of this OVF feature. A Welsh International, he was once named as one of the country’s most-eligible bachelors by a national newspaper. A goalkeeper with a noted long-throw expert, his role in the army was that of grenade thrower. He received the Military Medal for his bravery but sadly died towards the end of the Battle of the Somme.
Two other former players lost their lives – David Murray (Port Vale 1910-1911) was killed during the Battle of Loos in 1915 while Phillip Smith (Port Vale, 1905-1906) was killed on 29 September 1918, just twelve days before the war ended.
In World War Two, Vale lost former players Tom Cooper (Vale 1924-1926), Fred Mills (Vale 1932-1934), Haydyn Dackins (1935-1936) and Sam Jennings (1929-1931). Meanwhile, future captain Tommy Cheadle was injured by a German grenade and Jack Roberts managed to escape from a German prisoner of war camp in 1944.
Apart from players and Vale staff mentioned above, there have also been several Port Vale fans who have also lost their lives serving their country and on this Remembrance Day, we pay tribute to all men and women who have died serving their country.
Please join us and millions more by remembering all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The Ode of Remembrance
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