Foot­ballers fall silent for broth­ers who went to war

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

The minute’s si­lence be­fore the match be­tween Queen’s Park and Ar­broath was es­pe­cially poignant yes­ter­day af­ter the clubs dis­cov­ered broth­ers in arms had played for each side.

Arthur and Her­bert Mur­ray were play­ers for the rel­e­vant sides be­fore they en­listed to fight in the First World War.

Older brother Arthur was cap­tured in March 1918.

How­ever, Her­bert died in the Sec­ond Bat­tle of the Marne on July 20, 1918.

Queen’s Park have car­ried out re­search into the sac­ri­fice made by their play­ers, com­mit­tee and mem­bers dur­ing the Great War and have pieced to­gether de­tails of 33 men who never came home as well as the 193 who served and sur­vived.

That re­search found Arthur joined Queen’s Park in 1906.

Her­bert played for Aberdeen be­fore head­ing to Ar­broath in 1904 and then join­ing up with his brother at Queen’s Park in 1910. He joined the Gor­don High­landers in 1915.

Her­bert was awarded the Mil­i­tary Cross for brav­ery dur­ing the Spring Of­fen­sive of 1918 and held the rank of Cap­tain when he was killed at the age of 32.

A Queen’s Park spokesper­son said: “The Mur­rays are but two of the very many fine men who have worn the jer­seys of Ar­broath and Queen’s Park over the years.”

Fallen Her­bert Mur­ray

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