The Fallen of WWI and WWII

NB. For the most up to date listing of the fallen of Everton FC, please refer to the Roll of Honour at the bottom of the page

WWI and WW2 Remembrance Booklet – Everton FC Heritage Society

Compiled and written by Mike Royden / Peter Jones

A great deal of research has been carried out by a number of members since the founding of the society, into players on Everton FC books who fell in both wars. This research has also been extended to include the Everton clubs of Chile and New Zealand.
A booklet was produced to include a roll of honour for all three clubs, with brief biographies of the players.

Copies are no longer available, but a digital PDF can be downloaded here.

November 2021 Update to the booklet

William Reid/Reed (Everton FC WWII list) We have deleted the name of Lance Corporal William Reid.  We cannot be sure at the moment that this is the right ID, as further research suggests he possibly survived as a PoW.

Harry Churchill (Everton NZ list) Harry Churchill’s name has now been removed as it is now believed we have identified the wrong man. His initials were H G S, the footballer’s initial was W. – there are mentions of a W. Churchill still playing (prolific centre forward of the 2nd XI), and as an administrator, so it is thought this is the same man. 

Private Edwin Cantell (Everton NZ list) He has now joined his older brother Arnold on the roll. He died during the 3rd Ypres attacks toward the village of Passchendaele. There are several team announcements in the NZ papers showing E.Cantell as the goalkeeper of the Everton 3rd or 4th teams. This preserves the eight Everton Auckland men who were killed, as mentioned in the New Zealand Herald on 8th September 1919.

Everton FC Memorial Plaque

In 2011 a plaque in memory of men associated with the Everton clubs of England and Chile who lost their lives in both World Wars was erected near the Park End stand. This was the culmination of two years research by David France, John Rowlands, John Shearon, Billy Smith, and Paul Wharton of the EFC Heritage Society, who unearthed the names of seven footballers associated with both clubs. In fact, two plaques were erected, one at Everton and an identical copy in Chile, which were sponsored by the Everton Shareholders Association, in association with Dr David France and his wife, Elizabeth.

Since that time, members of EFC Heritage Society have continued the research to see if there are more servicemen who should be honoured in a similar manner. Several more men have been discovered and are included here and in the booklet.

Furthermore, another Everton club has come to light, founded by ex-patriot fans in New Zealand, and a number from there also fought and died in the First World War. Work on this continues and will be made public in the future, but their names are listed below.

Overall, many of the names are unfamiliar. As footballers, some were international stars, others were youngsters with immense potential. As servicemen, they gave their lives fighting for our freedom. While we owe a debt to these fallen heroes that we can never repay, we can honour their sacrifice. These memorials will allow the supporters to pay their respects to the Fallen Evertonians who lost their lives during military service.

Work also continues to research and record those men of the club who also served during wartime whatever the capacity. A link appears at the bottom of the page.

Original memorial plaque research by David France, John Rowlands, John Shearon, Billy Smith and Paul Wharton.
Further research by Peter Jones, David France, Mike Royden, Tony Wainwright, Billy Smith, Kjell Hanssen and JP Levinge.
Many thanks to the families of men listed on the Roll of Honour who have provided photographs and permission to reproduce them.

Player’s biographies compiled and written by Mike Royden and Peter Jones

Dr David France with the Memorial Plaque, Stanley Park End, Everton Football Club

The Roll of Honour below is the most up to date listing, and supersedes the Memorial Plaque and ‘Fallen’ booklet above

Everton Football Club

Roll of Honour

First World War

Lieutenant Frank Everard Boundy MC*
17th Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment
(Everton de Viña del Mar, Chile)

Private James Brannick
11th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers

Private Frederick Collinson
1st/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers

Second Lieutenant Malcolm Goulding Fraser*
2nd Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (Everton de Viña del Mar, Chile)

Corporal Thomas Gracie*
16th Battalion, Royal Scots

Private David Bruce Murray
11th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Corporal Harry Fitzroy Norris
11th Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment

Private Thomas Norse
1st/4th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment

Lance Corporal Leigh Richmond Roose MM*
9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers

Private James Roy
5th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Private Donald Sloan
8th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

Lance Corporal Wilfred Toman*
2nd/10th Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment

Sergeant Richard Cross Wynn
12th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment

Second World War

Leading Aircraftman Brian Atkins*
2788 Squadron, RAF Regiment

Sergeant Alfred Penlington
221 Squadron RAF

Leading Aircraftman Thomas Robson
RAF Volunteer Reserve

Pilot Officer William Sumner*
RAF Volunteer Reserve

*The original seven names recorded on the Goodison Park Everton FC memorial plaque

Everton Football Club, Auckland, New Zealand

First World War Roll of Honour

Private Edward George Atkinson  
No. 1 Company, New Zealand Machine Gun Corps

Sergeant Harold Waddington Boyne
2nd Battalion, Auckland Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force

Gunner William Brown Braidwood
1st Brigade, New Zealand Field Artillery

Lieutenant Thomas Brewer
No.4 Company, New Zealand Machine Gun Corps

Corporal David Peters Campbell
3rd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade

Sergeant Arnold Charles Cantell
6th Howitzer Battery, New Zealand Field Artillery

Private Edwin Victor Cantell
1st Battalion, Auckland Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force

Private Jeoffreys Carmichael
‘A’ Company, 1st Battalion, Auckland Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force

Corporal Alfred Stanley Corlett
Auckland Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force

They Also Served

Click here for men of Everton Football Club who are known to have served in WWI or WWII