HEARTS today unveiled a commemorative plaque to honour their World War I heroes from McCrae’s Battalion – Tynecastle players who went to war in 1914 and never returned.
Thirteen players from argubaly the greatest team in Hearts’ history enlisted for duty in the Great War and seven lost their lives in battle. Harry Wattie, Duncan Currie, Ernie Ellis, Jimmy Speedie, Jimmy Body, Tom Gracie, John Allan perished. Paddy Crossan and Robert Mercer eventually suffered wartime gassing, while Alfie Briggs ended up crippled and unable to play football again.
A photograph of the team has been transformed into an impressive three-dimensional plaque which was unveiled at Tynecastle today.
It was designed by historian Jack Alexander and gifted to Hearts by members of McCrae’s Battalion Trust in tandem with financial support from the fans’ website JambosKickback.
Hearts are also acknowledging the role played in World War I by some of their supporters and shareholders alongside players from Raith Rovers, Falkirk, Hibs and other clubs.