The Isle of Wight Memorial Cup was presented to the Isle of Wight Football Association by the 1st Bn Royal Irish Rifles in 1919/20, in memory of those who died in the Great War, and in appreciation of the welcome that the Battallion had received in IW Football circles. It takes the form of a large silver cup, played for annually by local teams, with any proceeds raised going to the then Hampshire Benevolent Fund.
The IW Memorial Cup competition is still played today; it is awarded annually to the winning team and held by them for the year.
Information taken from Isle of Wight Football Association Handbook (1919-20) courtesy of Mike Bull, and the IW FA Golden Jubilee (1898-1948) Handbook, courtesy of Mr Charles Taylor.
Thanks also to Andrew Justice of the IW FA and Roger Taylor of Shanklin F.C. for permission to photograph the Cup.
THE ROYAL IRISH RIFLES WAR MEMORIAL CUP
PRESENTED BY THE
OFFICERS, W.O.s N.C.O.s AND RIFLEMEN
1ST BATT. THE ROYAL IRISH RIFLES
TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
inscriptions of winning teams not recorded here
Roll of Honour
The 1919-20 Handbook of the Isle of Wight Football Association contained a Roll of Honour listing many Island footballers who died during the First World War.
The following is a transcription :
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ROLL OF HONOUR.
O valiant hearts, who to your glory came
Thro' dust of conflict and thro' battle flame :
Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved,
Your memory hallowed in the land you loved.
We publish below as full a list as possible of the Island Footballers who have made the great sacrifice in the unparalleled World War of 1914-19. The figures in parentheses are those of the Players who served or are still serving. Incomplete as we fear the Roll of Honour is, it is one on reading which Island Footballers have every reason to be thrilled with pardonable pride. If the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton, it is equally true that the inspiration to "play the game" to the finish, which so splendidly characterised our heroic dead, was largely learnt on the football grounds of the Wight. May the younger generation of players emulate their glorious example both in carrying on the game they loved so well and in nobly playing their part "in the world's broad field of battle, in the bivouac of life."
James Boyce, Royal Engineers
Ronald Wearn, I.W. Rifles
should be Ronald Weaver
George Woodford, I.W. Rifles
Arthur Woodford, 11th Hampshire Regiment
Frank Baker, 11th Hampshire Regiment
Charlie Woodford, Somerset Regiment (formerly I.W. Rifles)
Harry Holbrook, I.W. Rifles
Lance-Corpl. J. Boyce, Grenadier Guards
Sergt. Cogger, Hampshire Regiment
Corpl. W. Lane, I.W. Rifles
F. Bessant, Hampshire Regiment
H. Bessant, Hampshire Regiment
COWES ATHLETIC (15)
Lieut. A. Maltby, Royal Air Force
COWES RED STAR (28)
Pte. H. Harvey, Dorset Regiment
Rfn. W. Kettle, King's Royal Rifles
Corpl. H. Read, Hants Yeomanry
COWES ST. MARY'S GUILD
E. Ayres, H.M. Mystery Ship
Bugler E. Dimmick, Hampshire Regiment
Chief Engineer F. Slade, Mercantile Transport
Sergt. O. Westbrook, H.C.Y. attached to 15th Batt. Hampshire Regiment
W. Finch A.H. Hobbs
N. Osborne F. Richardson
EAST COWES BROTHERHOOD (12)
Rfn. T. Sinnicks, I.W. Rifles
Rfn. S. Ivory, I.W. Rifles
EAST COWES VICS (190)
R. Lane, R.M.A.
W. Lane, H.M. Minesweeper
W. Cooper, Hampshire Regiment
J. McGill, Royal Engineers
F. Dowden, Hampshire Regiment
E.R.A. H. Denham, H.M.S. "Hampshire"
T. Stammers, R.A.
Capt. C. Fryer, H.M.S. "Bulgarian"
R. Crooks, Canadian Highlanders
Pte. Stockdale, R.M.L.I.
Pte. Benford, R.M.L.I.
J. Lumb, H.M. Submarine
R. Groves, I.W. Rifles
T. Sinnicks, Hampshire Regiment
A. Slade, Dorset Regiment
A. Stevenson, Merchant Service
J. Stevenson, Merchant Service
E. Dickenson, H.M.S. "Black Prince"
J. Bush, Royal Engineers
A. Wheeler, Hampshire Regiment
J. Spragg, Hampshire Regiment
E. Manning, H.M.S. "Clementine"
G. Deacon, H.M.S. "Invincible"
R. Webster, H.M.S. "Bulwark"
C. Cole, H.M.S. "Princess Irene"
A. Starks A. Dickenson
FRESHWATER, TOTLAND AND
Major Pakenham, Royal Munster Fusiliers
Major Aitken, Royal Engineers
Second-Lieut. Michael P. Needham, M.C., Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Pte. H. Orchard, Canadian Highlanders
Gunner Fred Priddle, R.F.A.
Major Stewart W. Loudon Shand, V.C., Yorkshire Regiment
Driver B.C. Simmonds, 1/5th Hants R.F.A.
Corpl. J.W. Slingsby, R.G.A.
Saddler-Corpl. L. Wilson, 1/5th Hants R.F.A.
Pte. H. Barnes, Hampshire Regiment
Bombdr. W.G. Cook, R.G.A.
Bombdr. Percy Cook, 1/5th Hants R.F.A.
Lance-Corpl. Edwin Crooks, Hampshire Regiment
Pte. Tom Gallop, Canadian R.A.F.
Gunner Thomas Gilbert, R.G.A.
Lance-Corpl. Godfrey Gilbert, Royal Engineers
Gunner V.A. Legg, 1/5th Hants R.F.A.
Lance-Corpl. H. Doe, M.T. (A.A.)
Second-Lieut. L. Warder, D.S.C., R.N.R.
Gunner A. Wadham, 1/5th Hants R.F.A.
Gunner H.G. Hewes, R.G.A.
Bombdr. R.C. Smith, 1/5th Hants R.F.A.
Sergt.-Mech. G. Toogood, R.N.A.F.
Rfn. J.W. Baker, I.W. Rifles
Corpl. T. Waterhouse, 1/5th Hants R.F.A.
Pte. A. Waterhouse, London Regiment
Pte. F. Adams, Worcestershire Regiment
Sapper R. Drake, Canadians
JAMES THOMAS & Co., Ltd., NEWPORT (21)
Pte. H.C. Thomas, 18th Royal Fusiliers (Public Schools Battalion)
Rfn. H.L. Dodsworth, I.W. Rifles
Rfn. E.F. Stark, I.W. Rifles
Rfn. V.J. Kinch, I.W. Rifles
Rfn. F. Way, I.W. Rifles
Corpl. A.J. Sanger, I.W. Rifles
Lance-Sergt. A.F. Burgess, 2/4th Hampshire Reg.
Pte. A.P. Jones, Royal Fusiliers
Lieut. C. Williams, Hampshire Regiment
Rfn. F.A. Urry, I.W. Rifles
NEWPORT ST JOHN'S (126)
Lieut. G. James Lance-Corpl. A. Taylor
Sergt. G. Pragnell Bombdr. F. Diffey
F. Chiverton Pte. G. English
H. Read Pte. B. Coward
Corpl. H. Eldridge Pte. A.S. Cheverton
NORTHWOOD ST JOHN'S (14)
Pte. F. Haskell, R.M.A.
Pte. A. Tross, D.C.L.I.
Corpl. W. Trowbridge, 5th Hants (Howitzer) Battery, R.F.A.
Gunner F. Philpot
Stanley Purnell Edgar Ward
Pte. Fred Bennett, Hampshire Regiment
Pte. W. Edmunds, Hampshire Regiment
Sergt. E. Peach, Hampshire Regiment
Pte. G. Walker, Hampshire Regiment
Bombdr. H. White, R.G.A
Sapper Harry Spencer, Royal Engineers
Rfn. Reg. Stamp, I.W. Rifles
Pte. R. Howlett, Hampshire Regiment
Driver F. Brown, R.F.A.
ST. PAUL'S (BARTON) BROTHERHOOD (48)
Sergt. Harley, I.W. Rifles
Rfn. Honeybourn, I.W. Rifles
should be Hunnybun
Rfn. Read, I.W. Rifles
Rfn. Parkinson, I.W. Rifles
Pte. W. Smith, 2nd. Hampshire Regiment
Lance-Corpl. W. Buckingham
C.S.M. J. Jenkins, I.W. Rifles
Rfn. H. Loveridge, I.W. Rifles
Sergt. J. Wilkinson, D.C.M., Hampshire Regiment - this should be Sergt. J. Wilkins
Rfn. E. Young, I.W. Rifles
Lieut. A. Barfoot, City of London Regiment
Pte. A. McWilliam, Royal Fusiliers - believed to be Pte William Harold McWilliams
Sergt. F. Attrill, I.W. Rifles
Pte. H. Jenkins, P.O. Staff, Royal Engineers
ISLE OF WIGHT MERCURY
Friday, February 19, 1915 Page 3
FOOTBALLERS AND THE WAR.
To The Editor.
Sir, - I thought the following names of players of the Ventnor Football Club who are at present serving their country might be of interest to the followers of the game in Ventnor and those who follow the fortunes of the Club in other parts. At the front G. Morris. P. Windebank now home wounded in the Hants Regt., F. Thorogood, Royal Field Artillery, and an old favourite Sept. White, also of R.F.A., while A. McWilliam, the Fusilier centre-forward, who assisted Ventnor in the last few games of last season and proved a fearless player and a dead shot at goal, was shot through the head and died of his wounds early in the war. Those in Kitchener's Army are F. Yelf, W. Taylor, T. Burchett, J. Wilkins and H. Wright. In the 8th Hants R.F.A. in India are H. Cullen, W. Taylor, A. Dyer, O. Channing, W. Cass and W. Bates; others are W. Spencer, R.A.M.C., H. Loveridge, National Reserves at Aldershot, and R. Colenutt in the North Sea. I.W. Rifles - J. Jenkins, T. Pearson, A. Young, H. Young, N. Young, L. Channing and H. Dennis. Among those who are well-known on the Steephill ground in the visiting teams who have given their lives for their country are W. Boardman, the centre-half and S. Herbert, the outside right of the Fusiliers, J. Boyce, the captain and right back of the Bembridge Club, and Stokes, of the Worcestershire Regt., while those who will have honourable scars to show are Rogars and Dingle, the backs of the Fusiliers, Hunt and Fifield, forwards of same Regiment, and Phillips, the Sandown centre-half. I will conclude by recording the pleasant announcement of the promotion of the genial Sergt. R. Patey, the sergt.-in-charge of the Worcestershires football team, who always accompanied them on their journeys, to the rank of Lieutenant.
W.J. NIGH, Hon. Sec.
Ventnor Football Club.
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