“They Took the Lead” is a new project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and working in partnership with Eastside Community Heritage. The Project seeks to uncover the hidden stories of the footballers who enlisted for the 17th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment, also known as the Footballers Battalion. The project aims to uncover the stories of the footballers, record family histories of supporters, and research football in Hackney and Waltham Forest at home during the war.

As part of the project we will be running a number of workshops in the local community to raise awareness and share the fantastic stories and information we unearth. Details of our next workshops will be added to the latest news section of the website when they have been announced.

You can also follow our latest updates on our blog: www.theytooktheleadblog.wordpress.com

For more information on the project contact Paul via email: paul@ech.org.uk. For more information on Eastside Community Heritage check out our website: http://www.hidden-histories.org.uk.

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