On November 4, 2015, The Northampton Saints Rugby Football Club rededicated the War Memorial at Franklin’s Gardens. There were about 20 descendants of the 12 men who were killed in the First World War in attendance.
One of the men remembered was Lance Corporal William West, a former player of the club and an adopted son of Brantford, who was killed on November 13, 1916.
As Mary West of Brantford, a granddaughter of William's was unable to attend, Graham McKechnie of the BBC kindly spoke a few words on her behalf.
On behalf of the Great War Centenary Association, we would like to thank the club’s President Tony Hewitt, the Northampton Saints Rugby Club supporters, and especially Graham McKechnie for this kind Act of Remembrance.
This week, the Northampton Saints will be playing a home match and Graham told Mary that - “There’ll be a big crowd in for the game this weekend against Saracens. Your grandfather’s picture will be up on the big screen before kick-off for everyone to see before the crowd and players stand in silence in his and his team-mate’s memory.”
Gone But Not Forgotten