White Hart Lane was
closed during World War I, as it was taken over by the War Office as a
munitions factory and
the club played their home games at Millfields Road, Homerton (Clapton Orient) or
Highbury (Arsenal) for the next four seasons.
had been a ladies stocking producer, but were put in charge of making
protective clothing at the stadium, such as leather hoods and up to 11
million gas masks.
During the Second World
War, White Hart Lane was kept open, as Highbury was closed by the War
Office. Thus Arsenal shared the Lane as their home ground, but not
all the stadium was allowed to be used, as there were restrictions on
large gatherings and also because parts of the ground had been
commandeered to store the belongings of people in the local area who had
been evacuated out of Tottenham.
Highbury was being used
as a First Aid Post and an Air Raid Patrol Centre, while the dressing
rooms were utilised as a clearing station for casualties. In the
main stand, there was also a Warden's reporting post established.
At times during the
Second World War, White Hart Lane was used as a mortuary and as an arms
THOSE WHO SERVED
In WWI, the club handed part of the ground
to the Tottenham Rifle Club, opened by Sir Robert Baden Powell on 10th
October 1914. Inside a month, WHL was being used as a parade ground for
the 4th Middlesex Regiment to carry out drill practice.
The 17th (Service) Battalion (1st Football) The Middlesex Regiment
became The Footballers Battalion and two Spurs players were among the
first recruits – George Bowler (No. 27) and William John Oliver (no. 34)
signed up for the unit on 15th December 1914 at Fulham Town Hall.
A few weeks later the club directors held a recruitment rally at the
ground to encourage players and fans to join up.
The Battalion contained well-known footballers Frank Buckley, who was to
become Major and be a noted manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers in future
years and Vivian Woodward, the era's super-star who would attain the
rank of captain during the war.
The 1919-20 season handbook contained a piece commemorating those who
had lost their lives in the conflict.
“On the combined effort to achieve victory in the great game of war we
can look with solemn pride. Naturally, our thoughts revert to those who
fought and fell. It is rather a long list, this record of men
associated, or who had been previously associated with the Tottenham
Hotspur Football Club who made the supreme sacrifice. They were -
J. Fleming, J. Jarvie, Alf Hobday, J. Hebdon, E. J. Lightfoot, W.H.D.
Lloyd, A. MacGregor, Finlay Weir, A. Wilson, N.A. Wood and W.D. Tull.
To their memories, we pay humble tribute, knowing full well that if they
could send us a message today, it would be just this “Carry on.”
In addition, three players who represented the club during their time in
the Southern League were killed in action – Alan Roderick Haig-Brown,
Fred Griffiths and George Badenoch.
Corporal William J. Henry Lloyd of the 2nd Grenadier Guards was
killed on 7th November 1914.
Born in Wrexham, William had been playing amateur football with Tufnell
Park and played occasionally for Spurs, appearing eight times in the
1908-09 South Eastern League team and for the club's reserve side. Lloyd
scored in a friendly match at Bedford in his last game for the club.
Alexander MacGregor came from Glasgow junior club Yoker Athletic
in June 1914 when still a teenager. The centre forward played in the
South Eastern League team and also for the Reserves in the London League
until October of that year, when he was dismissed for breach of training
regulations with three other players.
On leaving he joined The Gordon Highlanders, but on his first day in
France, at Ypres, he was killed.
George Badenoch had previously played for Douglas Highlanders,
Heart of Midlothian, Glossop and Watford before he joined Tottenham in
May 1906. His first season was blighted by appendicitis, which caused
him to miss much of the 1906-07 season, but he managed one South Eastern
appearance and six in the South Eastern Reserve team.
Badenoch left to play outside right for Northampton Town in May 1907. He
went on to make 47 Southern League appearances under the management of
his former team-mate Herbert Chapman. His two seasons brought one goal
and a Southern League championship winners medal in 1908-09. Then a knee
injury caused him to retire.
He left for Canada and played for the Indian Head club in Saskatchewan.
He was a private in the 1st Battalion of the Western Ontario Regiment,
Canadian Infantry and was posted to France and was killed in the
trenches at Givenchy on 15th June 1915. His name is listed at the Vichy
Memorial in Pas de Calais in France along with thousands of Canadian
Alfred Hobday signed for Spurs in April 1913 from amateur side
Consett Swifts having served for the Northumberland Fusiliers being
involved in the attack at Bellewarle in the Ypres Saliant.
Hobday was reported as missing initially and then wounded and missing,
before being confirmed as being killed in action on 16th June 1915.
John Jarvie was born in Kirkintilloch, Glasgow.
Left back or left half.
Started playing football for Maryhill and signed for Tottenham in May
1912, going on to play 20 South Eastern League matches in 1912-13 before
being allowed to leave at the end of that season.
Served in the Princess Louise's (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) 2nd
Battalion, being killed in action at Flanders on 2nd January 1916.
Centre-forward who signed from Newcastle United in May 1913 for £300.
Born in Slammanan, Stirlingshire, his football career started at
Musselburgh Union and Edinburgh St. Bernards before moving south to
Fleming notched three times in 19 Football League matches, spaced out
between October 1913 and April 1915. During the 1913-14 season, John was
the top scorer in the South Eastern League side with 15 goals in 23
His younger brother William was a defender who was with Spurs in 1914-15
and played with John in the reserves three times.
Leaving Spurs for Glasgow Rangers in November 1915 for £200 after
playing for Armdale Thistle as a guest, John went on to sign up with the
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders 8th Battalion. Unfortunately, he
suffered a bout of pneumonia at Richmond Camp, Yorkshire and died on
21st March 1916.
Archibald Wilson was born in Newmilns around 1890 and was with
Spurs from December 1909 until March 1911, when he moved east to
Southend United. Archie had not got into the first team, but went on to
play for the Shrimpers in the Southern League and for Middlesbrough in
the Football League.
Wilson did play for Spurs as a guest during the war while serving with
the London Scottish Regiment, appearing ten times as a right winger
between November 1915 and March 1916.
He was killed ina ction on 1st July 1916 on the first day of the Battle
of the Somme.
Norman Arthur Wood was born in Streatham, South London and played
for Bromley, being chosen to represent the London FA four times before
he signed for Spurs in 1907.
A left winger who spent two years in our reserves, he went on to join
Crystal Palace, Plymouth Argyle, Croydon Common and Chelsea. He made 58
Football League appearances with Stockport County between September 1913
and January 1915.
Killed in action on 28th July 1916, Norman was serving with the Duke of
Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment) 17th Battalion.
John Joseph Hebdon
Born to Catherine and Henry Hebdon of 37 Balham Road, Edmonton, local
lad John played in the reserves in the London League from January 1915,
having started with Silver Street United.
A Lance Corporal in London Regiment 14th (County of London) Battalion
(London Scottish) was killed in action on 9th April 1914 and is buried
in the London Cemetery in Neuville-Vitasse.
Frederick John Griffiths was a goalkeeper from Wales, who played
in the Southern League for a number of sides after starting his career
Born at Prestaigne, Radnorshire on 13th September 1873, his early days
were spent with South Shore and Clitheroe, but in 1899 moved to
Blackpool. Won two Welsh caps in the first quarter of 1900 before going
on to play for Stalybridge Celtic and Millwall Athletic. Signed for
Spurs in October 1901.
Only played nine Southern League matches and three FA Cup ties before
leaving to play for Preston North End. Also had spells with West Ham
United, New Brompton, Middlesbrough and Moore's Athletic (Shirebrook).
Later coached Shirebrook while working as a miner.
Was serving in the Sherwood Foresters when he was killed in action on
30th October 1917 in France.
Walter Daniel John Tull
Born in Folkestone on 28th April 1888.
Joined from Clapton in 1909, Tull scored twice in 10 First Division
games for Spurs before leaving to join Northampton Town as a half back.
Joining the 17th (1st Football) Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment in
December 1914, Walter became a sergeant and played for Fulham and
Rangers as a guest during the war.
Gained a commission as a second lieutenant in the 23rd (2nd Football)
Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment on 30th May 1907 and was given
commendations in dispatches for his 'gallantry and coolness' at the
first Battle of Piave, but in the second battle of the Somme, Walter was
killed in action near Favrueil on 25th March 1918.
During his service, Tull was awarded the British War and Victory medal
and was recommended for the Military Cross.
Alan Roderick Haig-Brown
Born Godalming, Surrey on 7th September 1877
Attended Charterhouse School and Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Became an assistant master at Lancing College teaching sport and was
also involved with cadet corps and officer training corps.
Played for Corinthians and Old Carthusians, before playing in four
Southern League matches for Tottenham between February 1902 and April
1903. Later played for Clapton Orient and clubs close to his work in
Sussex – Worthing, Shoreham and Brighton & Hove Albion.
Became a Lieutenant Colonel in the 23rd Battalion of the Middlesex
Awarded Distinguished Service Order for Bravery.
Died at Bapaume in the second Battle of the Somme on 25th March 1918
William Findlay Weir
Born 18th April 1889 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Started playing with Campvale, Waverley and Maryhill.
1909 joined Sheffield Wednesday
August 1912 signed for Spurs following atrial spell at the club.
Scored two goals in 101 peace-time games for Spurs.
Played four games during war-time for the club.
Died 9th July 1918 in action with the Corps of the Royal Engineers.
Edward John Lightfoot
Born Litherland, Sefton, Merseyside on 13th November 1889
Played for Harrowby and Southport Central before moving to Tottenham in
Made 66 appearances for Spurs in the first team, with two more games
played in war-time in November 1917.
Served in the war with the Royal Garrison Artillery and died in action
in France on 20th July 1918.
Ran a confectioner's business with Fanny Walden in West Green Road,