Portsmouth Football Club honour player and WW1 soldier Edward ‘Ted’ Didymus
On Tuesday 23rd October, Portsmouth Football Club honoured player and First World War soldier Edward ‘Ted’ Didymus at their League 1 home game versus Burton Albion at Portsmouth.
Ted played for Pompey between 1904 and 1906 and was subsequently on the books of Port Vale, Blackpool and Huddersfield. On his return to Portsmouth in 1912, he worked as a tram driver until he enlisted in 1915. He was sent to France in March 1918 with his comrades as part of the British Expeditionary Force, but was swiftly transferred to the Middlesex Regiment 1/8th Battalion. On April 12th 1918, Ted was killed in action.
Survived by his wife Mary and their three sons and two daughters, Portsmouth Football Club chose to honour his memory to represent all those who made a sacrifice in the Great War as part of the Royal British Legion’s #ThankYou100 movement.
Players of both sides and the match officials wore t-shirts in the pre-match warm up, including Christian Burgess and team captain Brett Pitman. At half time, the Thank You film was shown to the crowd of more than 18,000 on the club's big screen. Before the game, some of the club's players backed the movement with a special photograph taken at the club's training ground.
You can read more on the Portsmouth Football Club website.