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World War Two Services

The most comprehensive list of Victorian Footballers who died in the Second World War can be found on Wikipedia. The lists provides further details than are included here, and is limited to Senior list VFL players. Many players from the other leagues, as well as trainers, committeemen, Seconds players and supporters died in the war.

Original Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Victorian_Football_League_players_who_died_in_active_service
This list included additions to the wikipedia list

Name Club(s) Rank at Death Service Date of death Location Country
Syd Anderson Melbourne Flying Officer R.A.A.F. 1944-05-20 Wewak New Guinea
Jack Atkins Melbourne Able Seaman H.M.A.S. Perth, 1942-03-01 Sunda Strait, off Java Dutch East Indies
Wilf Atkinson Carlton Flight Sergeant R.A.A.F. 1943-08-12 over Sicily Italy
Harold Ball Melbourne Private Australian Army Medical Corps 1942-02-09 Singapore, Malaya
Ron Barassi Snr Melbourne Corporal Australian Army Service Corps 1941-07-31 Tobruk Libya
Paul Bell St Kilda Lance Corporal Second A.I.F. 1945-07-04 Balikpapan, Borneo
George Brock North Melbourne Leading Aircraftman R.A.A.F. 1941-08-02 near the You Yangs, Victoria Australia
Harold Comte St Kilda, Sandringham Private Second A.I.F. 1945-05-30 Tarakan Dutch East Indies
Tommy Corrigan Fitzroy, Northcote Sergeant R.A.A.F. 1943-01-09 Military Hospital, Heidelberg Australia
Bill Cosgrove Richmond Fight Sergeant R.A.A.F. 1943-08-11 off Goodenough Island, Milne Bay New Guinea
Bill Downie Footscray, St Kilda, Northcote Private Australian Army Service Corps 1943-09-11 Burma-Siam Railway Burma
Jack Drake Hawthorn Lance-Bombadier Royal Australian Artillery 1941-04-23 Bralos Pass Thermopylae Greece
Noel Ellis Melbourne Sergeant Royal Australian Artillery 1942-07-06 Queensland Australia
Bob Flegg St Kilda, Sandringham Warrant Officer R.A.A.F. 1944-07-07 over Feuersbrunn, Austria
Bill Garvie Richmond Private Australian Army Service Corps 1944-07-27 Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland Australia
Alf Giblett Hawthorn Corporal Second A.I.F. 1943-06-19 New Guinea
Godfrey Goldin Essendon Private Second A.I.F. 1943-02-07 New Guinea
Alf Goonan North Melbourne Private Second A.I.F. 1942-01-22 Malaya
Alf Hedge South Melbourne, Sandringham Pilot Officer R.A.A.F. 1942-05-04 over Hamburg, Germany
Fred Heintz Fitzroy Private Second A.I.F. 1942-02-20 Ambon, Dutch East Indies
Clyde Helmer Geelong, Melbourne Warrant Officer Class II Royal Australian Engineers 1945-04-24 at Aitapi, near Lae New Guinea
Bill Hudson St Kilda Lance Corporal Royal Australian Engineers 1945-04-11 New Guinea
Len Johnson Essendon, N. Melbourne Private Australian Army Service Corps 1942-01-24 near Singapore, Malaya
Jack Keddie Essendon Sergeant Australian Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers 1945-08-15 Wewak New Guinea
Stuart King St Kilda Flying Officer R.A.A.F. 1943-02-28 off Cairns, Far North Queensland Australia
Jim Knight Geelong, Carlton Flying Officer R.A.A.F. 1943-10-11 Goodenough Island, Milne Bay New Guinea
Ralph Lancaster Geelong Gunner Royal Australian Artillery 1942-08-28 New Guinea
Norm Le Brun Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, S. Melbourne Trooper Second A.I.F. 1944-11-15 Aitapi, near Lae, New Guinea
Jack Lynch Geelong, Preston Driver Australian Army Service Corps 1944-09-08 Charters Towers,Far North Queensland Australia
Ken McLeod University Engineer-Lieutenant Commander R.A.N. 1940-04-08 off Trondheim, Norway
Wallace Mills St Kilda Warrant Officer Class II Australian Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers 1943-11-24 Far North Queensland Australia
Derek Mollison Melbourne Captain Second A.I.F. 1943-12-19 Rockhampton,Central Queensland Australia
Alex Nash Hawthorn Pilot Officer R.A.A.F. 1944-03-28 off Bougainville Island, New Guinea
Norm Oliver Collingwood Flying Officer R.A.A.F. 1944-06-27 Madang, New Guinea
Jim Park Carlton Lieutenant Second A.I.F. 1943-02-09 Wau, New Guinea
Alan Pearsall South Melbourne Flying Officer R.A.A.F. 1944-03-08 over English Channel
Dick Pirrie Hawthorn Sub-Lieutenant H.M.S. Invicta, 1944-06-06 Normandy, France
Jack Price Hawthorn Private 2/2 Pioneer Battalion 1941-06-27 - Syria
Ted Regan Melbourne, Essendon Flight Sergeant R.A.A.F. 1943-07-09 over Burma Burma
Beres Reilly St Kilda, N. Melbourne, Melbourne Pilot Officer R.A.A.F. 1943-07-23 over Crete Greece
Archie Roberts Essendon, Melbourne, Prahran Private 2/21st Second A.I.F. 1945-06-06 Ambon Dutch East Indies
Gordon Sawley South Melbourne Flying Officer R.A.A.F. 1942-08-14 over Scotland Scotland
Mo Shapir North Melbourne Flight Sergeant R.A.A.F. 1942-08-15 Middle East
Jack A Shelton S. Melbourne, St Kilda Lieutenant Second A.I.F. 1941-05-01 Libya
Len Thomas N. Melbourne, Hawthorn, S. Melbourne Private Second A.I.F. 1943-08-17 Salamaua, New Guinea
Keith Truscott Melbourne Squadron Leader R.A.A.F. 1943-03-28 Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia Australia
Jack Wade South Melbourne Private Second A.I.F. 1941-06-11 Syria
Max Wheeler Hawthorn Private Second A.I.F. 1941-06-11 Syria
Barney Wood Melbourne Sergeant 2/16th Second A.I.F. 1941-06-09 Litani River, Syria
Gus Young Hawthorn Bombadier 3rd Australian Royal Australian Artillery 1941-05-29 at sea Middle East
Harold Zucker Hawthorn 29 Works Company Austalian Army 1947-07-07 - South Australia


More than just a name


Rover Ron Barassi was killed during World War II action in Tobruk during the season. A guard of honour of players and officials observed a minutes silence in tribute before the Round 16 match against Collingwood. - http://demonwiki.org/1941. Ron Barassi Jnr was five years old.

Bill Downie - “His life, too, ended in tragic circumstances. As a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II, he was summarily executed for insubordination to an officer.” http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-index.php?page=Bill+Downie

Jack Keddie died on the 15th of August 1945, accidently drowned in New Guinea. He died just days after the second atomic bomb had been dropped on Nagasaki, and on the day that Japan surrendered to end the war.

Other Lists

The Sporting Globe football book : compiled by H.A. de Lacy., 1946 (State Library of Victoria), p.12
The Sporting Globe football book : compiled by H.A. de Lacy., 1946 (State Library of Victoria), p.12


The Sporting Globe list contains a number of names not included in the table above. This may be because the individuals played with the seconds/reserves, or played for a VFA team.

  • G Robertson - Brighton
  • H Hunt - Brighton
  • D Eccles - Camberwell
  • K Keck - Camberwell
  • N Prest - Camberwell
  • L La Franchi - Coburg
  • T French - Coburg
  • T Bretherton - Northcote
  • F Thorn - Northcote
  • W Heintz - Oakleigh
  • Jack Munn - Williamstown
  • Roy Lette - Prahran

  • F Stamford - Richmond
  • A Jennings - Richmond
  • B Shields - St Kilda
  • S Mutimer - North Melbourne
  • A Egan - North Melbourne

The members stood In silence to the memory of two former players, "Jockey" Price and "Darcy' Eccles, believed killed- with the forces
FOOTBALL. (1941, December 11). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved February 5, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209813539


For W.A. Footballers see http://www.wafootball.com.au/resources/doc_download/8-players-killed-in-the-line-of-duty

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