French leave for two footballers

March 13, 1916
Stated to be old members of the Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club, two absentees named Horace Linkson and Wilfred Nixon, of the Middlesex Regiment, were remanded for an escort at Enfield Petty Sessions, to-day.

A police-sergeant said he arrested the prisoners on the Tottenham Hotspur Football Ground on Saturday afternoon last at the conclusion of the match. Nixon had been playing in goal.

The men told witness that they had taken French leave in order to play for their old teams. They had, they said, applied for leave, and although promised it had been cancelled at the last moment.

They were only away about seven hours, and when arrested return tickets were found on them.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: March 13, 1916)

A few more lines about Linkson and Nixon can be found here.

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