The team that went to war

By Magheragall Methodist Church


This photograph of the Wesley College 1st XV rugby team of 1913/14 was sent to the Methodist Newsletter by Niall Sisson, the current president of Wesley College Past Pupils’ Union.

Niall has written a moving and informative article telling the stories of these fifteen young men who signed up together to serve in the war during which four of them lost their lives.The full text may be read on the Wesley Past Pupils’ Union website: http//

The four who died were:

Richard Davis (died aged 19)

Richard ‘Dickie’ Davis was from a Methodist family who lived in Harpur House in Drogheda. His father James is listed as a draper in the 1911 Census. We know that Dickie joined the Manchester Regiment and served in Iraq. Whilst there he was promoted to Second Lieutenant but he died fighting in the Battle of Dujaila near Kut in Iraq on 8 March 1918. He is commemorated in the Basra Memorial in Zubavi near Basra in Iraq.

William Green (died aged 19)

William Osmond Green was originally from Portadown. His father William is listed as a member of the Church of Ireland and working as a commercial traveller in the 1901 Census. William joined the Royal Irish Rifles …read more

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