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1 November 2016

John Edward Didymus becomes 11th Town player lost in armed conflict

- New name added to Town's Roll of Honour
- Former player John Edward Didymus lost his life in active service
- Town's Remembrance Game is on Saturday vs Birmingham City

As Huddersfield Town prepares to host its annual ‘Remembrance Game’ against Birmingham City at the John Smith’s Stadium this Saturday, a new name has been added to the Club’s Roll of Honour.

The Roll of Honour commemorates those Huddersfield Town players who have given their lives in service of their country.

Now Club Statistician Alan Hodgson has unearthed another name to be added to the Club’s list; John Edward Didymus.

Born in Portsmouth on 13 April 1885, Edward first played for his hometown club before moving on to Northampton Town; both were then Southern League clubs. 

He was signed by Huddersfield Town on 1 October 1908 and made his debut in a 1-0 win at Carlisle United nine days later. 

A consistent player on either wing, he netted five goals in 30 appearances before leaving to join Blackpool in July 1909. However, he played just three times for the Seasiders before ending his career with then non-league Burslem Port Vale a year later. 

After hanging up his boots he became a tram driver in Portsmouth, and then enlisted as a Private with the 8th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment during the Great War. 

Seemingly more popularly known as ‘Fred’ he was killed in action whilst serving in France on 12 April 1918, the day before his 33rd birthday.  He left a widow and five young children. 

John’s name now sits alongside 10 fellow Town players who have been lost in active service of their country; click HERE for information on them.

Full information on these players will be in Saturday’s special edition of GUAH, which will be available for £3 around the ground.

Get your ticket for Saturday’s game now; just £5 for the Fantastic Media Stand Lower Tier!

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