Rescued from obscurity: forgotten of the great war - elementary schoolteacher sportsmen at the front

J. A. Mangan, C. Hickey

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    During the Great War many elementary schoolteachers volunteered. Some were outstanding sportsmen. The search for these ‘insignificant' men has only just begun. Rescued from Obscurity is a tribute to and an as yet far from complete record of these forgotten of the conflict, trained in denominational and non-denominational colleges and inculcated in both with a period belief in the moral qualities allegedly inherent in games playing. Within the college system, incidentally, not all were loyal to the crown. Some had a different allegiance, a fact that to date has received virtually no attention.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)531-567
    Number of pages37
    JournalInternational Journal of the History of Sport
    Issue number3-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • war fever
    • schoolmasters
    • military drill
    • Irish nationalists
    • training college
    • athleticism
    • soccer

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