When World War One ended a sort of Soldiers Olympics was held at the General Pershing Stadium in Paris, France. Soccer was one of the sports in competition. The armies that entered the competition were in Group A - France, Italy, Greece and Romania and in Group B - Czechoslovakia, Belgium, the United States and Canada. Play started on June 24, and ended on June 29. Each team played three games with the winners of each group meeting in the final. Canada played the United States in its opening game on June 25, and lost 5-4. In the second game on Canada was beaten 5-2 by Belgium and in the final game on June 28, lost 3-2 to Czechoslovakia. The Canadian Army Team was organized and trained for the Inter-Allied Games by the Rev. W."Bill" H. Bailey, who had been the Rector of a large parish in Ottawa before joining the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. During the competition he also refereed four games. The following members of the Canadian Army also served as linesmen. They were Capt. Newman, Sgt. Marr, Qm Sgt. Kyle and Corp. Magill.
The then new-born republic of Czechoslovakia won the championship beating France in the final by three goals to two.
Unfortunately, while we know who the Canadian officials were, we don't know the names of the players in the photograph. We asked the Department of National Defence in Ottawa but didn't receive a reply, so would love to hear from anyone who could supply this information.
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