Saints unveil Remembrance memorial

By SFC Media time Sat 10 Nov Club

Southampton Football Club was proud this Remembrance weekend to unveil a permanent memorial at St Mary’s to the 28 former Saints who died in active service for their country during both World Wars.

Chairman Ralph Krueger helped lead a moving ceremony ahead of the Premier League match with Watford, as a plaque featuring the names of each of the ex-players was given a lasting home at the stadium.

Charlie Sillett, who made 191 appearances for the club in the 1930s, is one of the names engraved on the plaque, having been killed in 1945 when his ship was torpedoed and went down off the Cornish coast.

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The memorial plaque at St Mary's

His son John, himself a former Saint, was on hand to carry out the unveiling, alongside Peter Francis of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Along with Southampton’s chairman, the pair laid poppy wreaths beneath the memorial at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Speaking afterwards, Ralph Krueger said: “John Sillett was here, and his father, Charlie Sillett, played 191 games for the Saints in the ‘30s, and in 1945 he dies in World War Two.

"He's one of 28 who are on the plaque and, if you think of boys playing football and then volunteering to go and fight for freedom, that needs to be remembered and this is what we're doing.

"We're keeping it alive, in memory of the sacrifices people have made.

"This Armistice Day is special in that it's 100 years from the end to World War One. Let us forever remember those players, and everyone who has given their life for freedom."

John Sillett said: “I feel very proud that this football club have made this honour to the dead.

"I was so proud to come down here and be part of it. It was an honour. He (Charlie Sillett) is there for life now.”

The plaque, which was the creation of club historian Gary Chalk, had previously been on display at SeaCity Museum’s special We March On exhibition, which provided a fascinating insight into the club’s history, and, following the conclusion of that, was brought to St Mary’s for a new home.

It can be found on the Itchen Stand, to the right-hand side of the Stadium Store, for supporters who wish to visit.

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