RUGBY club officials are set to install a new war memorial honouring former players and members who were killed in battle.

A special roll of honour will take pride of place at Greenock Wanderers' Fort Matilda ground in tribute to the clubmen who perished in the First and Second World Wars.

Spearheading the project is honorary secretary David McIlroy, himself an ex-serviceman.

Among the names to feature on the board are seven of the 1913/14 team - the last to play for the club before it closed down for the start of WWI.

They were killed during the conflict, including five in one day, at the battle of Achi Baba in 1915.

The new tribute coincides with the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War and it will be unveiled at a special Remembrance Sunday service at Fort Matilda.

David, who served in the Royal Engineers for more than 30 years, said: "With it coming up to the centenary of the end of the First World War, I thought it was important we have a roll of honour and I have a particular interest in this being ex-military.

"I was aware from the book about the first 100 years of the club by John Foster that a number of members had been killed in both wars.

"He didn't list those that were killed because he was concerned he might miss somebody out.

"Secretaries of the past were not so good at keeping records of names so without a definitive list of members it's difficult to have a record of everybody.

"We're probably a bit closer now than we were then and we still don't want to miss anyone out but we can add people in."

Among those who were killed was club doctor Sydney Fraser Cesari, who was shot by a sniper while rescuing men from the trenches.

David also learned a great deal about many of the survivors linked to the Wanderers during his extensive research, including Norman Walker, who won a Military Cross and went on to play cricket for Scotland, becoming the first man to open both the batting and bowling - all with one lung after he lost the other as a result of injuries during the war.

He said: "Some of the survivors are as interesting as those who didn't survive.

"It was a very interesting exercise and I don't think it's completed but I've done the best I can with the minute books I have."

The roll of honour will include 23 names from WWI and six from the Second World War.

Anyone who has information or would like to know more about the Wanderers who gave their lives, who were wounded or who served, contact David on 07494 374193 or email at