Burnley footballer killed in action


February 1, 1915
Yesterday the sad news was received in Burnley that Alfred Lorrimer, who last season was one of the town football club’s most promising young players, had been killed in Egypt. According to the official communication, Lorrimer’s death was the result of an accident.

The Burnley club’s loss was conveyed by letter to Mr. J. Howarth, the secretary, by Mr. Thomas Lorrimer, who stated: “I have received an official communication from the War Office this morning that our son, Alfred, was killed by accident in Egypt on February 1st. Kindly inform the directors and players to whom he was much attached.”

The flag at Turf Moor was hoisted half-mast out of respect for the unfortunate soldier.
(Burnley Express: February 6, 1915)

Alf Lorrimer, Burnley, killed in action in Egypt, on February 1 - 1915. Image from Lancashire Evening Post, February 6 - 1915.
Alf Lorrimer, Burnley, killed in action in Egypt, on February 1 – 1915. Image from Lancashire Evening Post, February 6 – 1915.

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