West Brom honour First World War heroes killed in action with online player profile

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion have honoured two of their former players killed in the First World War by uploading profiles of the veterans to their first team squad list online.

William Jackson, left, and Harold Bache, right.

The Baggies have given William Jackson and England amateur Harold Bache pride of place on their website to mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice.

Jackson, who was born in Wednesbury in April 1894, only represented the Throstles three times before being killed in action in May 1917 while serving as a Second Lieutenant in the West Yorkshire Regiment.

Bache, who was born in Worcestershire in August 1889, played for both Corinthian FC and the Baggies.

Educated at Cambridge University, won seven England amateur caps, scored 225 first class runs for Worcestershire, and played tennis and hockey for Staffordshire.

He scored 95 goals in 43 matches for Corinthian, including seven in one match against Ipswich Town on New Year's Eve in 1910. He played 14 times for Albion, scoring four goals.

Less than seven weeks after war was declared in 1914, Bache enlisted in the West Bromwich Company of the Staffordshire Battalion.

He was killed aged 26 while serving for the Lancashire Fusiliers in an attempted recapture of an area of Ypres called The Bluff.

His name is displayed on a plaque that stands outside The Hawthorns.

Earlier this week, the current crop of Albion players planted two trees at their Palm training ground in Walsall in honour of Jackson and Bache.

You can read the full profiles of both men at

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.


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