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Hugh Cairns

In 1921 the Hugh Cairns Memorial was unveiled commemorating local soccer players killed in World War I. Hugh Cairns played soccer for the Christ Church team while working as a plumber in Saskatoon. In 1916 be enlisted with his brother Albert in the Canadian Army. Two years later, after being promoted to sergeant, Cairns received the Victoria Cross for his part in the liberation of Valanciennes. Sadly, Cairns did not survive the battle.

The memorial is reputed to be the only war memorial in the world dedicated to soccer players. It is doubly unique considering that it is found in such a young soccer nation as Canada.

The memorial is used in the logo of the SDSA and a representation appears on the medallions that are awarded each year to individual and team award winners. In addition, each year on November 11 members of the SDSA lay a wreath at the memorial in remembrance of those who have gone before.

Text courtesy of the Saskatoon and District Soccer Association.

Date: 1921.

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