An outstandingly well written book about the short but successful life of my mother-in-law's uncle Wilf Bartrop. The book charts Wilf's life from his roots as the eldest son of a large family in Worksop, through his days as a professional footballer who became a significant and successful member of the Barnsley Town team that were runners-up in 1910 and took the English Cup honours in 1912 (pre-FA Cup). After Barnsley, Wilf Bartrop was transferred to Liverpool FC but the cessation of professional football in 1915 returned him to Manton Colliery where he spent the remainder of the Great War until he 'signed-up' for military service in January 1918 as Gunner Bartrop. Sadly, Bartrop was killed 4 days before the Armistice on 7 Nov 1918; he is buried in Warcoing Churchyard in Belgium. Peter Holland, a Bartrop himself, has captured the life of a Worksop lad at the turn of the 19th century and his service for 'King and Country' exceptionally well.
A good read for anybody interested in the history of football in England and the First World War.