Olney Rugby team honors 16 players killed during WW1

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Olney Rugby team honors 16 players killed during WW1

Today exactly 100 years ago Scotland’s and England’s rugby teams played a charity match led by none other than England international and Northampton Saints captain Edgar Mobbs.

Its goal back then was to recruit strong sportsmen into Mobbs’ WW1 battalion and now exactly 100 years later the Olney Rugby team played a match in honor of the 16 sportsmen who went and fought in World War One.

One of the special guests of the rugby match, which by the way ended with The East Midlands team winning by 41 – 21, was none other than Mobbs’ great nephew who is named after his great uncle Edgar.

Edgar Mobbs won 7 caps for his country as the Northampton Saints captain back in 1907

Edgar Mobbs won 7 caps for his country as the Northampton Saints captain back in 1907

It is said that the rugby match of 1915 inspired lots of young men to participate in their own corps, namely the Sportman’s Battalion.

Among these hundreds of inspired men were at least 16 who took part in the war and were eventually killed on the battlefields in Germany.

Mobbs’ nephew tells us that when he was young “people used to come up and tell him all about Edgar and say they were named after him as well,”

Check out the memorial match that was held 2 years ago in the video below: