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James Rossiter was a Wexford GAA stalwart.
James Rossiter was a Wexford GAA stalwart.

WW1 and the GAA - James Rossiter

*Some notable GAA figures were involved in the First World War between July 28, 1914 and November 11, 1918

James Rossiter played in two All-Ireland football finals for Wexford in 1913 and 1914, losing on both occasions. He was considered one of the most brilliant forwards who played for Wexford, scoring eight goals and three points in ten championship matches.

He missed out on any of Wexford’s four-in-a-row victories from 1915. He joined the Irish Guards to serve in the First World War. Shortly after Wexford won the 1915 All-Ireland football final, Rossiter was mortally wounded by a grenade during the Battle of Loos in October 1915 in France, dying some days later. In the last letter he wrote home, he claimed he was more nervous playing in an All-Ireland final than going into battle against the Germans.

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