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By Ian Fear

A few of the stories uncovered by Tom Weir and Colin Veitch

Walter Cairns Black
Killed in Action
Saracens 1st XV 1913-14

‘Wattie’ Black was one of our Scottish Saracens playing in the 1st XV in 1913-14. He joined the London Scottish Regiment on the first day of the war 4th August 1914 and was in France by 15th September. He was killed in action on 23 Dec 1914. His wonderful letters home to his family have survived – you can read more here . …

Frank Henry Sandon Satchwell
Killed in Action
Saracens 1st XV 1902-04

Frank Satchwell lived not much further than an Owen Farrell clearance kick from Allianz Park! A regular member of the 1st XV in 1902-04, he was married with 2 young children when war broke out. He volunteered with the Honourable Artillery Company but was sadly killed in action on 3rd May 1917. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

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Louis Edward Denton
Died of Wounds
Saracens 1st XV 1913-14

Louis Denton was named in the 1913-14 1st XV’s ‘best side’ for the season. At this time he was living in Islington. He joined the 2/20th London Battalion in June 1916, and was fighting around Vimy Ridge when he sustained wounds that were to take his life on 18th September 1916. He is buried in the Aubigny cemetery.
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Victor Baron Barnett
Killed in Action
25th September 1915
Saracens 1st XV 1910 2nd Lt V.B. Barnett of D Company, 12th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers previously featured in our November 11 2016 match day programme . A member of the Jewish Lads Brigade in his youth, he had worked in London’s financial district before the war. He was killed in the 12th effort to take and hold Hill 70, at the Battle of Loos

Charles Alfred Dearing
Died of Wounds
16th April 1918
Saracens 1906-11 Science teacher Dearing could have remained in his “scheduled occupation” and avoided enlistment. Instead he joined the London Rifles on the 1st April 1915, going on to serve in Serbia, France and Belgium- winning a Military Medal for “tirelessly repairing phone lines under intense bombardment” Wounded in action, he lost his fight in Etaples hospital.

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Alfred Austin Ball
Killed in Action
Saracens B Team Captain 1913-14 “He was liked by everybody and has left a gap in their lives”

An old boy of Hornsey Grammar, despite his young age Ball had captained the Saracens B team in 1914. He had joined the Civil Service Rifles in 1913, a time when hopes of peace were still widespread.

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Updated 12:56 - 20 Nov 2018 by Ian Fear

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