First World War Footballers: Joseph Dines

England in the white jerseys v Hungary in the 1912 Summer Olympics.

This post looks at the life of Joseph Dines, who played for England in the 1912 Summer Olympics and served in the Machine Gun Corps and King’s Liverpool Regiment during the First World War.

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Joseph Dines, soldier and footballer

Joseph Dines was born in 1886 in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. From the records found on Lives of the First World War we can see that Joseph, known as Joe, was a teacher and footballer before the war.

During his early football career he played for teams in the local area, before making appearances with many different clubs including Queen’s Park Rangers, Milwall and Liverpool.

The 1912 Summer Olympics

While the World Cup itself didn’t exist until after the First World War, many European teams played in 1912 Summer Olympics, which was held in Stockholm, Sweden.

Joseph Dines was called up to play midfield for the Great Britain team at the 1912 Olympics, and went on to win a gold medal in a 4-2 victory over Denmark in the final. The full squad, not all of whom went on to fight in the First World War, was comprised of:

Goalkeeper – Ronald Brebner (died of a head injury whilst goalkeeping in November 1914, and does not seem to have joined up)
Defence – Thomas Burn
Defence – Arthur Knight
Midfield – Henry Littlewort
Midfield – Edward Hanney
Midfield – Joseph Dines
Forward – Arthur Berry
Forward – Vivian Woodward (capt.)
Forward – Harold Walden
Forward – Gordon Hoare
Forward – Ivan Sharpe

From football to the front

Joseph was married to Ethel Burgoyne and lived in London before the war. He joined the Machine Gun Corps and was given a temporary commission in the King’s Liverpool Regiment. Joe was killed in 1918 and is buried in Grand Ravine British Cemetery in northern balance slip resistant shoes

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