The ultimate sacrifice paid by Heart of Midlothian Football Club in World War 1 has
been remembered by Loretto Junior pupils.
Junior School pupils, Harry Sangster and Kyle O'Brien, both aged 11 from
Musselburgh, designed a memorial flag to remember the profound impact
World War 1 had upon Heart of Midlothian Football Club. So impressed was Heart
of Midlothian Football Club that the two youngsters work was rewarded by a
visit from Scot Gardiner, Hearts Managing Director, and Hearts legend, John
In the early
stages of the War the entire Heart of Midlothian first team volunteered for
Service – the only club in Britain at which this occurred. Their example
inspired hundreds of others – shareholders and supporters - not only of Hearts
but of other Scottish clubs - to sign up for Service in the 16th Battalion
of The Royal Scots. This was raised by Sir George McCrae and became known
as McCrae’s Battalion.
Sadly of the
original 13 Hearts players who left Scotland, seven were killed in action –
three of them on 1st July 1916, the infamous First Day of the
Somme when the Battalion suffered 75% casualties.
Hewat, Director of External Affairs at Loretto, said, "Harry and Kyle's
flag is most striking and a fitting tribute to the sacrifice made by the Hearts
players. Both Scot Gardiner and John Robertson were most impressed by their
work and found the boys' tribute most moving. The flag is one of 100 designed
by children to commemorate the centenary of World War 1 and these flags are all
soon to go on tour in Europe."