UK Armed Forces to take on Hull FC Reserves in Jack Harrison Challenge

27th April 2017, 18:02


UK Armed Forces to take on Hull FC Reserves in Jack Harrison Challenge

UK Armed Forces Rugby League continue their build up to the Armed Forces World Cup with a game against Hull FC Reserves side on 28th April at the KCom Stadium as curtain raiser to the Hull FC v Warrington Wolves match in Round 12 of the Betfred Super League.

In the build-up to the match against the Black and Whites Reserves the UKAF Squad got the chance to train with the Hull FC first team squad at their training ground.

Besides being an important part of the build up to the World Cup the match forms part of the City of Hull week long celebration of the life of John ‘Jack’ Harrison who had a successful career with Hull FC and received the VC in 1917 for actions under fire in France during World War One.

Service RL players are all aware of this gallant man and his actions specifically players from the Army and Royal Navy who compete or the Jack Harrison trophy in the annual Inter services fixture between the two teams.

Jack Harrison was born on 12 November 1890 in east Hull and later became a teacher. After joining Hull FC he scored 106 tries in 116 matches, including one in the 1914 Challenge Cup Final that the team won.

He played his final game for the team on 26 December 1916, having joined the 11th East Yorkshire Regiment (Hull Tradesmen) which was sent to the Western Front.

Initially awarded the Military Cross in February 1917 after leading a patrol to German trenches his brigade was then involved in the attack at Oppy Wood on 3 May 1917. It was during this action Jack Harrison lost his life and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

This gallant officer... made a dash at the machine gun, hoping to knock out the gun and so save the lives of many of his company. His self-sacrifice and absolute disregard of danger was an inspiring example to all.

VC citation for T/ 2nd Lieutenant John Harrison, MC


Representatives of the Armed Forces will be present at the game. It is also hoped that the RAF can provide a flypast, subject to weather conditions and logistics.

Hull FC’s Executive Director, James Clark posted said “We are privileged to be able to play our part in the commemoration of Jack’s life and achievements, not only celebrating his immense bravery in battle but his notable career as a rugby league player.”

“It is a fantastic opportunity for people in the city to learn about the story of Jack, his remarkable record-breaking efforts for Hull Rugby League Club and as hero of World War One, who paid the ultimate sacrifice in dedication to his country.”

“We’re extremely grateful of the support of the Armed Forces, particularly the United Kingdom Armed Forces Rugby League team, to be able to deliver a fitting tribute and the perfect start to a week of commemorative events.”

Tickets for Friday are on sale and start from £19 for adults, £17 for concessions and only £5 for juniors.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the ticket office on 01482 505 600 or online from