The Bolton Artillery are one of the few units which carried on the Great War tradition of "Pals" units. Fifteen professional footballers from Bolton Wanderers joined the Bolton Artillery en mass in 1939 and served together at Dunkirk, El Alemein, Iraq and in Italy. The only fatal casualty was the team captain, Lieutenant Harry Goslin MC KIA in Italy as an FOO. This story, worthy of a boys comic has appeared in a book "The War Time Wanderers".
Depends on how you look at it.
As stated by FluffyBunny a lot of sportsmen (and women) joined up and subsequently died. In an era of very few sporting heroes and limited media their deaths were genuinely felt and the high command at the time decided that it was not "good for morale".
Hence during WW2 a lot of sportsmen/personalities who volunteered were moved to positions which would involve limited danger with maximum publicity for the troops and public unless the person totally insisted on "front line duties".
After WW2 with the advent of conscription, well take your pick from thousands and nearly every sportsmen of the day. A lot of professionals were released for weekends training "weeks" etc. (I believe one of the charlton brothers was in a Guards Regiment for example)
The story I was told was that he was bought out PVR'd from RCT or similar after being spotted by a footy coach at a sunday league match near Pompey!. Need to do some research, time for google! Lets face it with a smile like his only the naafi could have done his dentistry!
Seems you are a god amongst mongies our cuddles:Some ugly southampton player!
Gone down in my estimation now! Who fed me that line?
Mick Cheetham (28 Sigs and the School of Signals) variously for Cambridge, Chesterfield and a couple of others, also at the same time Steve Welsh, Barnet/Peterborough and Partick Thistle. Both great players.
There was a lad at 21 Sigs in 82, who got out and ended up playing for Sunerland (Paul Lemon I think his name was)