Albion will honour war heroes with a new memorial in the club's Memorial Garden.Seven former members of staff including six players and a groundsman are to be remembered on Albion’s new war memorial, installed in the Memorial Garden opposite the North Stand.
The stone of black granite, which has been generously donated by Tilleys Stonemasons, commemorates the following seven soldiers:
-Private Frederick R. Bates, 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers
-Private Jasper M. Batey, Army Cyclist Corps
-Private Charles Dexter, 17th Battalion (Football), Middlesex Regiment
-Private Clement H. Matthews, 1st/4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment (Territorial)
-Private Robert Whiting, 17th Battalion (Football), Middlesex Regiment
-Fusilier Cyril E. Tooze, 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
-Bombardier William J. Isaac, 57th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
Tim Carder, chairman of Albion’s Collectors’ and Historians’ Society, conducted the research into the names told the club, “With the centenary of the First World War approaching, we felt it was time to remember the seven Albion men who lost their lives while serving their country.
“We should also remember that many supporters made the ultimate sacrifice, and this memorial stone does just that.
“They were brave, but they were also just ordinary people thrust into an extraordinary situation beyond their control and doing the best they could. Sadly, they paid the ultimate price. We must never forget what happened in those two wars, lest it should happen again.
“It has been a privilege to be involved with this project.”
The war memorial has been funded by the Albion Collectors’ and Historians’ Society and the Supporters’ Club in conjunction with Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.
All parties gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Tilleys Stonemasons Ltd.