Lance Corporal Arthur Roe

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


War time / or Pre War occupation

Professional Footballer


Luton Town FC

Place of Birth

South Normanton
United Kingdom

World War I Address

United Kingdom

Place of Death

United Kingdom

Grave Location

United Kingdom

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 17th December 1914

Arthur Roe was a professional footballer for Luton Town who signed for the club at the start of  the 1914-15 season. He enlisted in the Footballers' Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment at Kingsway on 16th December 1914 with his Luton team mates Simms, Wileman, Frith, Dunn and Wilson.

He survived the war and returned to play for Luton Town in the 1919-20 season.

No service records or medal card for Arthur Roe can be found in the National Archives but he is listed as a member of the Footballer's Battalion in the definitive history "When the Whistle Blows" by Riddoch and Kemp. The book also records that he represented the 27th Middlesex Regiment in a football match with Reading in November 1916 when he scored a goal in the 5-2 victory. His Luton team mate Wileman scored two goals.

All images are used with kind permission of Roger Wash, Luton Town Football Club Historian

Author: HillC

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Arhtur Roe

I think he is my Granddads brother, My Granddad was Willie Roe from South Normant then Bilshtorpe and eventually Annesley Nottingham.

Arthur Roe

I also think he was my Grandfathers brother. My Grandfather was John Joseph Roe who I think played football for Macclesfield Town.