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28 Apr 1918
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Soldier or Civilian
Arthur Wileman was a professional footballer at Luton Town FC when he enlisted in the Footballers' Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment at Kingsway on 16th December 1914 with his Luton team mates Simms, Frith, Roe, Dunn and Wilson.
In doing so he was following the example set by his team mates Roberts and Lindley who had signed up the day before. Wileman was the top-scorer in the promotion winning team of 1913-14 and continued to play for Luton in the 1914-15 season whilst training with his battalion.
He married Blanche Turner in Luton in the summer of 1915. After transferring to the Royal Sussex Regiment he landed in France in March 1916. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in January 1918 and was killed in action on 28th April 1918 aged 36.
His name is included on the Tyne Cot Memorial near Ypres, Belgium.
All images are used with kind permission of Roger Wash, Luton Town Football Club Historian