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Thursday, 08 October 2009 20:54

Footballing Anzacs is a tribute to the men of various Australian British Association football clubs that enlisted and fought in the Great War.

Farewells, such as the one reported below, were commonplace all around Australia, as sportsmen of all persuasions, responded to the call to arms.

"The South Australian British Football association tendered a farewell social to the members who are included in the Expeditionary Force at the King of Hanover Hotel on Wednesday evening. Mr. R. J. Holiday, chairman of the association, welcomed the members and wished them God-speed. He said that while the association was poor financially it was rich in strength of sentiment and action when demands of duty had to be met. Sergeant W. Holmes. R.G. A. responded.

He said that all those Britishers, be they "socccrites" or not, who were included in the Expeditionary Force, would have the satisfaction of knowing that they carried with them the good will of all Australian Britishers. Sergeant Edwards (Broken Hill) gave the toast of "The South Australian British Football Association," and Mr. T. Thompson responded. Mr. M. Davis proposed "Our chairman." The "soccerite" members of the contingent present were Sergeants Holmes, Leicester, Edwards, Wasley. Privates Mountford, Harvey, Kirk. Fisher, Wallers. Kelloran, Brown, Cleary, Sheppard, Rapley, Walt. Dunlop, Carter, Kelley, Cox, Towler, Norris, Mann, and Matthews."


South Australia
Horace Edmund Brideoake (Adelaide Freemason Ramblers BAFC)
Service number: 6846
Rank: Private
Roll title: 8 Field Ambulance (n.d.)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 10 November 1915
Place of embarkation: Melbourne
Ship embarked on: HMAT Ascanius
Ship number: A11


Bertrand Filsell (Adelaide BAFC)
Service number: 3744
Rank: Private
Roll title: 10 Infantry Battalion - 9 to 12 Reinforcements (September-December 1915)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 2 December 1915
Place of embarkation: Adelaide
Ship embarked on: RMS Malwa


Charles William Morton (South Adelaide BAFC)
Service number: 531
Rank: Private [Pte]
Unit: 43rd Battalion (Infantry)
Service: Army
Conflict: 1914-1918
Date of death: 23 April 1917
Cause of death: Killed in action
Cemetery or memorial details: BELGIUM 54 Berks Cemetery Extension Ploegsteert

Arnold Bellis
Service number: 801
Rank: Driver [Dvr]
Unit: 1 Division Train Australian Army Service Corps
Service: Army
Conflict: 1914-1918
Date of death: 17 March 1917
Cause of death: Appendicitis
Cemetery or memorial details: FRANCE 74 Puchevillers British Cemetery

THE LATE PRIVATE DOBSON
Private Ernest Dobson, of the 5th Pioneers, was killed in action in France on May 10. He was the third son of Mr.Thomas- Dobson, of AVigan, Lancashire, and had been residing in Adelaide for about seven years. He was a carpenter, and was employed by Messrs. George P. Harris, Scarfe, & Co. Private Dobson was a prominent member of the South Adelaide (British Association) Football Club. He left a widow and two children.


Ernest Dobson
Service number: 2463A
Rank: Private [Pte]
Unit: 5th Pioneer Battalion
Service: Army
Conflict: 1914-1918
Date of death: 10 May 1917
Cemetery or memorial details: FRANCE 1484 Vaulx Hill Cemetery
War Grave Register notes: DOBSON, Pte. E., 2463A. 5th Australian Pioneers. 10th May, 1917. I. G. 16.


Victoria

In Victoria, British Association footballers enlisted throughout June and July of 1914. This included 5 members of the Albert Park BAFC, Kelly, Fraser, Cox, Geoffrey and Stirrup. On Feb 11 1915, Victorian President Harry Dockerty, made mention of the fact that 200 footballers had enlisted out of a membership of 500.

Sydney Referee July 1915 - A wire from Melbourne stopped all negotiations in connection with the proposed visit by a Victorian combination. The secretary of the Association governing the code in the Southern State, in a covering letter, spoke of the impossibility of raising a team. 'In fact,'he says, 'if the present rate of recruiting continues, the competitions will have to be stopped; for the premier players of many clubs are literally making a bee-line for the enrolling office.' With matters as they should be, one can compliment our Southern colleagues on for saking the jersey for the khaki. If their skill as soldiers are commensurate with their abilities at footballers, the Turk will be very much harassed.

 

Patrick John Kilty (Melbourne English BAFC)
Service number: 1187
Rank: Private
Roll title: 3 Pnr Bn [Pioneer Battalion] (June 1916)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 6 June 1916
Place of embarkation: Melbourne
Ship embarked on: HMAT Wandilla
Ship number: A62


Hilton Heslop Marsden (Melbourne English BAFC)
Service number: 2936
Rank: Private
Roll title: 37 Infantry Battalion - 1 to 6 Reinforcements (May-December 1916)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 16 December 1916
Place of embarkation: Melbourne
Ship embarked on: HMAT Medic
Ship number: A7


John Robison (Melbourne English BAFC)
Service number: 4299
Rank: Private
Roll title: 6 Infantry Battalion - 13 to 18 Reinforcements (December 1915 - July 1916)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 29 December 1915
Place of embarkation: Melbourne
Ship embarked on: HMAT Demosthenes
Ship number: A64


William Brown Biggart (Melbourne Scottish BAFC)
Service number: 1931
Rank: Private
Roll title: 37 Infantry Battalion - 1 to 6 Reinforcements (May-December 1916)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 16 August 1916
Place of embarkation: Melbourne
Ship embarked on: RMS Orontes


John Graham Mallock (Irymple BAFC)
Service number: 310
Rank: Private
Roll title: 22 Infantry Battalion (May 1915)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 10 May 1915
Place of embarkation: Melbourne
Ship embarked on: HMAT Ulysses
Ship number: A38


Samuel Morris Ehrenberg
Service number: 725
Rank: Serjeant
Unit: 5th Battalion (Infantry)
Service: Army
Conflict: 1914-1918
Date of death: 25 April 1915
Cause of death: Killed in action
Cemetery or memorial details: Lone Pine Memorial, Turkey

Thursday 17 June 1915

LOWE - In sad remembrance of our club mate, Hughie Lowe who died on the 3rd June of wounds received in action in the Dardenelles. Gone but not forgotten. He died for his country like a true sportsman. Inserted by the members of St Kilda British Football Association Club


Hugh Mosman Lowe (St Kilda BAFC)
Service number: 1053
Rank: Private [Pte]
Unit: 9th Battalion Australian Infantry
Service: Army
Conflict: 1914-1918
Date of death: 3 June 1915
Cause of death: Died of wounds
Cemetery or memorial details: EGYPT 6 Chatby War Memorial Cemetery

W H Browning (Footscray Thistle)
Service number: 29924
Rank: Private [Gunner]
Unit: 13th Brigade Australian Field Artillery
Service: Army
Conflict: 1914-1918
Date of death: 11 October 1917
Cause of death: Died of wounds

A Goodson (Melbourne Thistle)

John Russell (Melbourne Thistle)

William Reid Brodie (Melbourne Thistle)
Service Number: 2345
Rank: Private
Unit: 15th Australian Machine Gun Company
Service: Australian Army
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of death: 19 July 1916
Place of death: France
Cause of death: Killed in action
Cemetery or memorial details: Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, Nord Pas de Calais, France

J H Ross (Melbourne Thistle)

William Acquroff (Melbourne Thistle)
Service Number: 3226
Rank: Private
Unit: 6th Australian Infantry Battalion
Service: Australian Army
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of death: 04 October 1917
Place of death: Belgium
Cause of death: Killed in action
Age at death: 25

Alexander Fletcher Acquroff (Melbourne Thistle)
Service Number: 3782
Rank: Corporal

Roll title: Flying Corps - November 1917 to May 1918, Reinforcements and Special Drafts (February-October 1918)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 22 October 1918
Place of embarkation: Adelaide
Ship embarked on: HMAT Boonah A36

T Moreland (Melbourne Thistle)

G W McKay (Melbourne Thistle)

D Carson (Melbourne Thistle)

John Gartshore (Melbourne Thistle)
Service Number: 1682
Rank: Private
Unit: 14th Australian Infantry Battalion
Service: Australian Army
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of death: 08 May 1915
Place of death: Egypt
Cause of death: Died of wounds
Age at death: 20

J G Hogg (Melbourne Thistle)

A Bottomley (Melbourne Thistle)

W McLauchan (Melbourne Thistle)

Allan Campbell (Melbourne Thistle)

Hughie Griffiths (Footscray Thistle)

Wilson Dunlop (Footscray Thistle) - Service No. 5573

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Tasmania

The Tasmanians made many sacrifices. Most of the Tasmanian contingent were part of the 12th Battallion, one of the first groups to land at Gallipoli.

"The 12th Battalion was among the first infantry units raised for the AIF during the First World War. Half of the battalion was recruited in Tasmania, a quarter was recruited in South Australia, and a quarter from Western Australia. With the 9th, 10th and 11th Battalions it formed the 3rd Brigade.
The battalion was raised within three weeks of the declaration of war in August 1914 and embarked just two months later.

After a brief stop in Albany, Western Australia, the battalion proceeded to Egypt, arriving in early December. The 3rd Brigade was the covering force for the ANZAC landing on 25 April 1915 and so was the first ashore at around 4:30 am. Lieutenant Colonel L. F. Clarke, commander of the 12th Battalion, was killed by a sniper within hours of the landing.

The battalion was heavily involved in establishing and defending the front line of the ANZAC position, and in August contributed two companies to the attack on Lone Pine. It was the only battalion in the brigade to do so. The 12th served at ANZAC until the evacuation in December."

Enlisted Tasmania players:

  • Corinthinans BAFC – D Sutherland, F Dickinson, Connell, F Powell, Alan Pitt, Woodberry, R Richard, R Todd, Grubb, Perry.
  • South Hobart BAFC – L Honeysett, W Swinton, C Plummer, H Nicholas, Sheridan, and S Dobson
  • St George BAFC – Algy Almond, E W McQuaid, W H Benson, WG Lake, J Bon, BS Jones.
  • Hobart BAFC – WJ Kelly, RS Williams, EG Ludwig, AR Kirby, WL Cook,
  • Koonya BAFC – JD Lacey (hon sec)
  • Elphin BAFC – G Harris, R Blackberry, O Hart, S Trinder, F Powell, SV Ballinger, SG Clark, F Roden, E Shannan
  • Wanderers BAFC – SL Ray, W Wells
  • Lindisfarne BAFC – Fagg
  • West Tamar BAFC – AD Harrington, R Harrington, EH Olley, JB Johnson, Roy Vincent
  • North Esk BAFC – W Townsend, J Dewar, A Buchanan
  • Tamar BAFC -  M Eccles, HG McLean

Eugene William McQuaid - (St George BAFC)
Service number: 66
Rank: Corporal
Roll title: 12 Infantry Battalion (October 1914)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
Place of embarkation: Hobart
Ship embarked on: HMAT Geelong
Ship number: A2


Algernon Atherton Almond - (St George BAFC)
Service number: 65
Rank: Corporal
Roll title: 12 Infantry Battalion (October 1914)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
Place of embarkation: Hobart
Ship embarked on: HMAT Geelong
Ship number: A2


Raymond Thomas Fagg - (Lindisfarne BAFC)
Service number: 1208
Rank: Private
Roll title: 12 Infantry Battalion - 1 to 8 Reinforcements (December 1914 - September 1915)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 22 December 1914
Place of embarkation: Melbourne
Ship embarked on: HMAT Themistocles
Ship number: A32


Stanley George Trinder - (Elphin BAFC)
Service number: 945
Rank: Saddler Corporal
Roll title: [1] Divisional Train (1 to 4 Companies ASC [Army Service Corps]) (October 1914)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Place of embarkation: Melbourne
Ship embarked on: HMAT Geelong
Ship number: A2


Roy James Blackberry - (Elphin BAFC)
Service number: 1950
Rank: Gunner
Roll title: 3 FAB [Field Artillery Brigade] (September 1914)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
Place of embarkation: Hobart
Ship embarked on: HMAT Geelong
Ship number: A2


Frank Roden Miller - (Elphin BAFC)
Service number: 269
Rank: Private
Roll title: 12 Infantry Battalion (October 1914)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
Place of embarkation: Hobart
Ship embarked on: HMAT Geelong
Ship number: A2


Arthur Dallas Lawlor Harrington - (West Tamar BAFC)
Service number: 238
Rank: Private
Roll title: 12 Infantry Battalion (October 1914)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
Place of embarkation: Hobart
Ship embarked on: HMAT Geelong
Ship number: A2


New South Wales

Yet another of Weston's Soccer players has paid the supreme sacrifice— Private Tom Kirk, an under-18 player, who was killed In action after only a short time in the trenches. He played centre half for Weston Juniors, and was well liked and respected by his mates. Tom will be missed both for his good football and his genial disposition.

 

George Haig (Holroyd / Granville) - pictured right
Service number: 807
Rank: Private [Leut]
Unit: 30th Battalion Australian Infantry
Service: Army
Conflict: 1914-1918
Date of death: 8 August 1918
Cause of death: Died of wounds

Arthur John Flintoff (NSW Referees Association)
Service number: 1261
Rank: Private [Pte]
Unit: 4th Battalion Australian Infantry
Service: Army
Conflict: 1914-1918
Date of death: 1 May 1915
Cause of death: Killed in Action - Gallipoli
Cemetery or memorial details: Shrapnel Valley, Gallipoli

Charles Edward Pickersgill (Merewether)

Service number: 511
Rank: Private [Pte]
Unit: 30th Battalion Australian Infantry
Service: Army
Conflict: 1914-1918

Anthony Miruzzie Mirtus (Annandale)

Service number: 373
Rank: Private [Pte]
Unit: 5 Machine Gun Company
Service: Army
Conflict: 1914-1918

J. Parris (Annandale)

J. Gibb (Drummoyne)

A. Libberson (Balmain Kiaora)

Peter Coppock (Merewether)

Bob Brown (Cessnock)

Arthur Jones (Merewether)

Fred Alberts

Carl Knudsen (West Wallsend)

Tommy Wardlough (Merewether)

Herb Gray (Merewether)

Jackie Mather

 

Percy Lionel Peaty

Service number: 2186
Rank: Private
Roll title: 1 Infantry Battalion - 1 to 8 Reinforcements (December 1914 - August 1915)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 16 June 1915
Place of embarkation: Sydney
Ship embarked on: HMAT Karoola
Ship number: A63

 

William Robert Buttel

Service number: 5659
Rank: Private
Unit: 3rd Battalion (Infantry)
Service: Australian Army
Conflict: 1914-1918
Date of death: 9 April 1917
Place of death: France


Patrick Devirs

Service number: 3292
Rank: Private
Unit: 6th Battalion (Infantry)
Service: Australian Army
Conflict: 1914-1918
Date of death: 7 May 1916
Place of death: France
Cause of death: Died of wounds

 

Fred McMahon - Balgownie

 

Alexander Wilson Porter

Service number: 2950
Rank: Private
Unit: 58th Battalion (Infantry)
Service: Australian Army
Conflict: 1914-1918
Date of death: 10 May 1917
Place of death: France

 

Frederick Allen Doodson - Pyrmont
Service number: 927
Rank: Private
Unit: 1st Battalion (Infantry)
Service: Australian Army
Conflict: 1914-1918
Date of death: 28 April 1915
Place of death: Egypt
Cause of death: Died of wounds

 

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Western Australia


@ 22 Oct 1915 : 245 enlistments, 32 Wounded, 33 Killed

Harry Bell (YMCA)

A Sinclair (YMCA)

C J Julian (Leaderville)

J Julian (Leaderville)

E West (Leaderville)

R Hawtin (Perth City)

Frank Slade (Thistle)

W Lettington (Perth)

A C Sergeant (Claremont)

J Scott (Claremont)


Queensland

Pte W Patterson - Blackstone Rovers

Pte A E Law - Blackstone Rovers

Pte A Warren - Blackstone Rovers

Pte James P Young - West Moreton Combined



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