Monday, April 14, 2014

Appeal to Welsh Rugby Footballers (1914)

Not sure whether to smile or cry at this Welsh newspaper clipping from the First World War.

I doubt that any form of footballer skills were much use against German barbed wire, machine guns and artillery during British infanty attacks on the western front.

You can see the pressure that was put on young men to join up- if you didn't you were either unpatriotic or a coward (or both)

See list of Welsh International Rugby Union players killed in First World War.  

Hat tip Captain Swing (who I have asked for a reference for this clipping)

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