The Unveiling and Dedication of the O's Somme Memorial

  • 24 October 2021
  • From 1.30pm

Open For Visitors

The National Memorial Arboretum is open freely to all, year-round from 10am-5pm (closes at 4pm from 15 Nov), every day except Christmas Day.  

Entry to the Arboretum is free, but for everyone's comfort we are limiting the numbers onsite. We recommend pre-booking your visit to guarantee entry. You can check our latest availability and book online using the link below. 

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Visitors are advised that the Coffee Shop is currently closed. Our Restaurant is open from 10am - 5pm. 

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The O's Somme Memorial commemorates and honours the service and sacrifice of the forty one players, staff and supporters of Clapton Orient Football Club who enlisted into the 17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment - 'The Footballers' Battalion' in the great war. 


Clapton Orient were the first English football club to join up en masse. Three players, William Jonas, George Scott and Richard McFadden were to make the ultimate sacrifice, with a further ten wounded.