As we approach Remembrance weekend, Linfieldfc.com reproduces an article featured here on November 4, 2013.
During three separate Academy trips to Flanders in Belgium over the past few years, the Linfield party each time paid their respects on behalf of the club at the final resting place of former player, Lt Wesley Maultsaid.
This Saturday (Remembrance weekend) it will be exactly 100 years to the very day since Lt Maultsaid paid the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War.
Lieutenant Wesley Maultsaid, 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Lt. Maultsaid was promoted in the field and was killed in action on 12 November 1916 in Belgium, aged 28. He is buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery near Ypres.
The YCV Battalion underwent training at Davidson’s engineering company in East Belfast before undertaking formal military training at Randalstown and later, at Finner Camp in Donegal. Lt. Maultsaid and his cousin Jim both played football for their respective battalions at Finner Camp. Jim's brother, Arthur, was right back in Linfield’s first seven trophy team in 1921/22.
Linfield Football Club remembers those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live in freedom. May they forever rest in peace.
Lest We Forget.
Above - Roy McGivern, the late Frankie Taylor and former Academy director David Chisholm pay respects on behalf of Linfield FC at the final resting place of Lt. Maultsaid in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery in Flanders Fields in Belgium in September 2013.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
Audaces Fortuna Juvat.