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Sidney Hoar was a professional footballer for Luton Town FC who played for several local teams and the the Luton youth team before signing professionally in January 1914 aged 18. He served in the Bedford Regiment and the Royal Field Artillery and was gassed in August 1917 in France. He recovered and returned to play for Luton Town in 1919-20.
Sidney's Army Service Records can be seen online at the National Archives. He enlisted with the 3/5 Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment in November 1915 but was discharged due to sickness in June 1916. He re-enlisted in September 1916 joining the Royal Field Artillery at Biscot Camp and served in France from June 1917 to August 1917 when he was poisoned by a gas shell and invalided home. He returned to France in November 1917 and was finally demobilised in November 1919 and returned to play for Luton Town until 1924.
All images are used with kind permission of Roger Wash, Luton Town Football Club Historian.