• Image of The New Recruit

Argyle's Billy Baker sweeps the ball forward to top scorer Freddie Burch in the game against Swindon Town on 23rd January 1915. Just a few days earlier Billy, whose story you can find elsewhere in this programme, had signed up to serve with the 17th Battalion (1st Football) Middlesex Regiment. In the crowd watching him are his brothers, Alf and Reginald, both of whom went on to serve and fall in the war. Alf went down with HMS Tornado and is remembered on the Naval Memorial on the Hoe. Reginald served with the 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, dying in May 1918. With them in the crowd is the father of all the boys, Joseph Baker.

Alongside the Baker family in the Home Park crowd are two well known fans who served throughout the war and returned to continue following their beloved Argyle. Syd Tonkin on the right, went on to write the first history of the club, and Tom Veale was awarded the Victoria Cross during the war and on his return went on to become the Argyle Supporters Club Vice President.

The final remaining individual portrayed in this illustration is Freddie Burch. Freddie had been the leading scorer for Argyle for several seasons, but the 1914/15 season was to be his last. He served with the Royal Navy during the war onboard HMS Conqueror, amongst others. Upon his return from the war he signed for Swansea.


This illustration was featured on the front cover for Plymouth Argyle's FA Cup and Remembrance weekend game at Home Park versus Stevenage on 10th November 1918.


Limited Edition of 25 Signed & Numbered Prints

Print measures 40cm x 30cm approx.