Just a little post and while not WW-2 related I thought it might be of interest none-the-less. Another Saturday and another afternoon at the football (Ipswich Town) but today with it being Town's last home game before Remembrance Sunday they were able to display a relic from WW-1, this being the last surviving football from WW-1 which was used by the London Irish Rifles as they crossed no-mans land during the Battle of Loos in 1915. Taken from an article in The Guardian ( Battle of Loos Football Saved ) : Nigel Wilkinson, vice-chairman of the London Irish Rifles Regimental Association, said the soldiers originally had six balls that they planned to take with them into no man's land but their commanding officer shot five of them when he heard what was being planned. The sixth was stuffed up the tunic of the team captain, Private Frank Edwards, who inflated it as he prepared to charge from the British trench. As the whistle for the "big push" sounded, Edwards booted the ball out. It was passed around before it ended up being pierced on barbed wire on the German frontline. Wilkinson said: "The London Irish had a first-class football team and they were keen to score a goal in Jerry's frontline trenches. One of the platoon commanders thought that this was a bad idea and just before the whistles blew for the attack he went round puncturing all those that he could find. "A deflated ball was concealed under Private Edwards's tunic and reinflated. Defying orders, the London Irish kicked off the big push by punting the football into no man's land and went hell for leather after it." Edwards was said to have dribbled the ball for 20 metres before he went down injured when he was shot through the thigh. In the battalion's record, it was noted that the men were seen to pass and repass the ball until they disappeared in a smoke cloud towards the German frontline. Another soldier wrote that the men cried out "On the ball, London Irish" as they advanced.