Local historian Paul Menzies has spent months researching the lives of former club captain Andy Jackson, Don McLeod, Henry Cook and Archibald Wilson, among others, for a new book, Middlesbrough in the Great War. 

The film will show him visiting the Riverside to examine club archives on the players whose names feature on the Boro Brick Road. 

Paul has visited the graves of all four in Flanders. The graves of Don McLeod and Andy Jackson, Boro team-mates from 1910 to 1913, lie at Dozinghem and Bandaghem military cemeteries. Poignantly, they remain only a few fields apart. 

McLeod was a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery on October 5 1917 when he was badly wounded, losing his right leg below the knee, as well as part of his other foot - catastrophic injuries for a footballer.

It was a Boro fan, 'Gunner McEndoo' of Saltburn who helped stretcher his hero to a casualty clearing station then, later who wrote to the Evening Gazette with news of McLeod's terrible injuries. 

A Gazette reporter, on breaking the news to McLeod's wife the next day, found she knew nothing. A tragedy for her and the three young daughters he left behind.

Nearby at Bandaghem lies the grave of Andy Jackson. Only 18 when he joined the club in 1910, he became captain in the Boro's glory days before the Great War.

Joining the Cameron Highlanders 5th Battalion, Jackson was stationed in the south of England and made guest appearances for Chelsea before going out to Flanders, where he died on September 30 1918 - only 41 days before the war ended.

The Evening Gazette War Special' on Sunday October 13 1918 carried a headline, "Sergeant 'Andy' Jackson Killed", above a photo of him in full military regalia and suggested every supporter would "experience a sense of profound regret... that one of the most promising lads who ever donned the club's colours has been killed."

The death of Jackson's team-mate, 'Sergeant' Henry Cook, aged 23, was another tragic loss. A teacher at Marton Road School before he became a footballer, Cook played for South Bank before making his Boro debut in a 2-0 win at Derby in September 1912.  

Although Cook joined the Teesside Battalion shortly after war broke out, like Jackson and Wilson he played in Boro's last game at Blackburn before the club ceased playing football for the duration of the war. 

A sad letter from Cook's manager at Middlesbrough, Tom McIntosh, to the Evening Gazette in early January 1917 broke the news that Cook had been badly wounded after being hit by a shell fighting on the Somme. Cook never recovered and died on January 9 1917, leaving behind a wife and two children. 
leaving behind a wife and two children. 

Nearly a century later he still rests in the isolated Grove Town Cemetery near Albert, a tranquil setting with fields stretching across gentle rolling hills to the distant Somme, far away from the noisy industrial landscape he had left behind. 

The words "Yorkshire Regiment" are proudly displayed on his brilliant white headstone - now a small wooden cross with the words "Remembered by all fans and staff at Middlesbrough Football Club" - mark another link to the world he left behind. 

The Scot, Archibald (Baldy) Wilson, like Henry Cook also played for Boro in the final season, 1914-15, and like Cook he was killed close to the Somme; in the case of Wilson, he was possibly one of the 19,000 British soldiers killed as they went "over the top" on July 1 1916. 

Every November, Boro remember their fallen heroes and others who have given their lives in conflict in a special ceremony at the Riverside supported by the British Legion.