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A brief history of FALKIRK F.C, 'The Bairns,' and the Great War

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Former Hearts goalkeeper Andy Henderson brought five other Falkirk professionals to take the 'Kings Shilling,' and enlist in Sir George McCrae’s 16th Royal Scots.

Three feature in the photograph of the 16th RS battalion team picture of October 15.



Lce.-Cpl Alex Henderson. Wounded.

Pte Andy Henderson.  Goalkeeper.  Wounded & also suffered from phosgene gas poisoning.  This gas could easily kill those who removed their gas helmets and attempted to deal with the irritation caused by the gas.  Former Hearts player, and this may well have influenced his decision to enlist.

Pte R.P.Wood. Wounded.

Pte Frank Reilly

Pte Michael Gibbons

Pte John Morrison

Dick Fox, From Bonnybridge, a labourer, was among Falkirk men who joined.

 I have read that during the Great War Falkirk FC adopted a tank, called ‘The Bairn,’ is there any evidence for this?