Local Author Remembers War Heroes

Stephen Cooper talks about his book The Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players

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The book is about 15 men who played together for the Rosslyn Park Rugby Club in the Upper Richmond Road. They all fought in the war, but none lived to hear the final whistle.

Mr Cooper will be introduced by published military historian Paul McCue. There will be a chance to ask questions at the end and signed copies of the book will be available for £10.

The talk is free, but donations are welcome to the Rosslyn Park Injury Trust Fund.

Go along to the Civic Suite, Wandsworth High Street on Tuesday September 16 at 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start.

There is no need to book a place, but organisers would find it helpful to know the numbers of people attending. Please email whatson@wandsworth.gov.uk with “the final whistle” in the subject.

The talk is one of a string of events organised by the council and local groups. Others include:

  • A Soldier’s Tale, which imagines that if Facebook was around a hundred years ago it would be used to document the life story of soldier Walter Carter.
  • Local website Summerstown 182 is building up a picture of the Summerstown, SW17 community as it stood 100 years ago
  • A dedicated twitter feed and blog
  • The St Anne's Church Memorial Project to research some, if not all, 313 names on the church's war memorial.
  • The borough’s Heritage Service is also urging people to donate photographs, newspaper cuttings or other documents relating to the First World War. Email heritage@gll.org.

    For more details about upcoming events, visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/ww1centenary.

September 16, 2014