Memorial Garden fundraising kick-off at Chesterfield FC

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The plans for the proposed Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden, due to be build opposite Chester’s Den behind the Spencer’s Solicitors Community Stand, will be available for viewing in a specially arranged meeting in the Leengate Legends Lounge on Thursday, January 30.

Starting at 7pm, supporters will be able to take a look at the artists’ impressions and learn about the plans for what will be a substantial memorial where fans can be remembered as well as there being a commemorative area to remember Spireite players and officials killed during the two World Wars.

Two of the former players killed in the First World War, which started 100 years ago this year, were members of the famed Footballers’ Battalion.

Billy Gerrish was a Chesterfield Town player in 1912 but his time here was curtailed by a broken leg. He joined the 17th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment, the “Footballers’ Battalion,” and was killed in action on The Somme on August 8, 1916.

Sergeant Major Joe Smith was a powerful centre-half and joined up halfway through the 1914-15 season, along with his pals in Chesterfield’s half-back line. He too chose to join the Footballers’ Battalion and died at Serre, in France, on November 13, 1916, the last action in the Battle of the Somme. He was mentioned in dispatches for bravery that saw him continue the rush into battle despite being shot.

Entry to the meeting is free and the Supporters Club would love as many people as possible to attend the event which will also kick-off the formal fundraising element of the project.