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100 Years On - A Look At A Notts County Player's Involvement In The Great War

4 August 2014

100 years after Britain joined The Great War, ITV reporter Steve Clamp investigated his great grandfather’s involvement with the help of a Notts County historian.

Arthur Clamp played played 289 games for Notts between 1906 and 1914 but went to fight for his country at the end of the First World War. 

Sadly, Arthur sustained an injury in the trenches and passed away shortly after, though little more was known about the County legend, until historian Mick Chappell lended a helping hand. 

In the ITV feature, which can be watched by clicking here, Steve and Mick take a journey that uncovers previously unknown information about Arthur and his family. 

“I have to say that Mick has found out a tremendous amount of information and I owe him a huge debt of gratitude,” Steve told the official site. 

“When the piece was suggested, I looked at it, like any journalist, in a very factual sense.

“My great grandad died many years before I was around but as you research it and make those connections, then you start to get emotionally attached. 

“Then you wonder what it must have been like for families at that time, losing a husband, losing a father, and it starts to become very personal.

“I’ll be honest, it wasn’t the way it was set out when I first started story, but it’s certainly the way it’s become.”

Mick added: “I’ve been looking at Notts County players that fought in the war and so far I’ve identified around 20 of them, of which two of them died. 

“When you think how we get wound up on a Saturday afternoon if we’re losing 1-0 or a referee gives a penalty against us.

“It’s a whole different ball game when you look into this and puts things into perspective.”

The piece also delves into the Footballers’ Battalion with the help of former Magpies striker Phil Stant. 

Make sure you check out this insightful and emotional feature on a Notts legend and those that lost their lives in The Great War on ITV East Midlands on Monday evening. 


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