Alien first in line for the Soup
William George Flint
Written and researched by David
with the kind help of the Flint family tree on Ancestry and historians
William George Flint (WGF) was the son
of a Scottish HM Customs Officer, he was born in 1874 and lived on
Belmont Road, Anfield with his 4 sisters and brother John.
Being an insurance surveyor for The Royal he took advantage
of the relaxing of the club rules regarding the players being
schoolteachers and he joined in the 1910-11 season.
He was already Captain and Secretary of the Battalion Rugby Club,
King's Liverpool Regiment.
Aliens v Waterloo 'A' at Waterloo
J.Helme, J.Johnstone, AG.Ascroft, J.Brown, GPS.Brown,
RW.Jones, E.Ringrose, RT.Robinson, D.Sloss,
IR.Williams Liverpool Echo
17th March 1911
Aliens 2nd at Clubmoor. This match was remarkable for prolific
scoring. The visitors started one short and the homesters pressed their
advantage to such good purpose that when half time arrived they led by
32-0. The chief scorer was Helme, who scored five tries of which Flint
converted one and Evans two. Half Time 4g 5t
Liverpool Echo 3rd
WGF was appointed 2nd team captain at
General Meeting held at Elm Bank, Oakfield on May 27th
By the outbreak of the Great War he was already a well drilled soldier [Information from the Archive of the
- Joined the ranks of 8th Scottish Volunteer Battalion KLR at
Fraser St, Liverpool (1900)
- Enrolled as a Pte in the 10th, 1902 and posted to 'A'
Company where he was promoted to Sjt
- Re-enlisted into 10th KLR Territorial Force 1908, promoted to
Colour Sjt 1912
WGF was mobilised in June 1914 serving
in the UK at King's Park, Edinburgh and Tunbridge Wells
Camps. Embarking for France in November with the 10th Scottish KLR he
was promoted to the rank of Colour Serjeant Major.
Flint family tree on Ancestry]
He took part in the charge at Hooge in
August 1915, also known as the 1st battle of Bellewaerde
When all the officers in his vicinity had become casualties,
CSM Flint organised the defence with great skill for which he was
recommended and received the Division Notice of Gallantry from Major
General Aylmer Haldane, commanding the 3rd Division. This took
the form of a hand written card and humorously termed the "soup ticket"
by the other ranks.
After demobilisation he became a Drill Instructor serving Wooton Camp,
Blackpool and Park Hall Camp,
Oswestry and finally promoted to Regimental Serjeant Major.
Post war WGF returned to
employment at Royal Insurance and attended the first
meeting of the Aliens. Very short of numbers he proposed and Fred King
seconded "That the Liverpool Old Boys' Club
approached with a view to amalgamation of the two clubs." Carried
He was made a
Vice-President in August 1920.
Territorial Efficiency Decoration
1914 Star, British War and
William passed away
in Liverpool 1943
RSM WILLIAM GEORGE FLINT
Footnote: The term "It's a
small world" can be applied to WGF as his elder brother John was Chief
Cashier for Lord Sefton's Estate at Croxteth Hall and lived at
"Rose Cottage" where the road is now known as Flint Drive.
Aliens RFC, Seft0n
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