Saracens 1st XV encountered a challenging 1913-14 season, winning just 9 of their 22 games and losing the final game that year on March 28th 1914 at home to old rivals Upper Clapton. Unbeknownst to all at Saracens, this was to be the Club’s final 1st XV match until October, 1919. The outbreak of war in Europe was to change the fortunes of the nation forever, and at a terrible human cost. At least 6 members of the Saracens 1st XV, now immortalized in the 1913-14 team photograph, were to lose their lives in the ensuing conflict.
This research project, supported enthusiastically by both our Amateur and Professional Saracens club sections, will attempt to honour the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives, and do justice to the contributions of all Club members who participated in the 1914-18 conflict.
Their stories have never been told before. One hundred years after the outbreak of the First World War in July 1914, the time to remember and commemorate our fellow Saracens has arrived.