Fattyowls Posted 7 October , 2013 Share Posted 7 October , 2013 Remembering today Lance Corporal 10898 Leigh Richmond Roose, 9th Royal Fusilliers killed near Gueudecourt 7th October 1916 aged 38. His body was never recovered and his name appears on the Thiepval Memorial spelled Rouse. Leigh Roose was a Welsh international goalkeeper who played for Aston Villa, Arsenal, Celtic, Everton, Huddersfield Town, Port Vale and Sunderland amongst others. Before the war he was a celebrity as much for his personal relationships, including the music hall star Marie Lloyd as for his brilliantly eccentric goalkeeping; he has been described as the first celebrity footballer. Although he was an amateur all his playing career his claims for 'expenses' led him to fall foul of the FA and some of the clubs he played for as did his playboy lifestyle. He originally served with the RAMC in Gallipoli before joining the Royal Fusilliers in mid 1916 as L Rouse. He won his MM for bravery during a German flamethrower attack on the British lines at Pozieres in August 1916. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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