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World War Two Services

Note - This is an incomplete project. Information is added as found.



Regular Competitions

Geelong (VFL) did not play in the VFL 1942-43
VFA Competition Suspended 1942-44
AFL record 1942 Round 1 p14
AFL record 1942 Round 1 p14

Some Grounds turned over to military causing some clubs to play home games at different venues. M.C.G., Lake Oval, Albert Park, Western Oval among others.



Footballers on Military Service


During the Second World War Australian Rules Football was played by army units around the world, in rear areas and in Prison Camps. Footballers who joined up were soon drafted into local team.

Many Australians who enlisted in the Second World War belonged to Football clubs. Many Clubs and Leagues found it difficult to field sides. Players, ex-players, Coaches, Officials and supporters served in the Military and services.

Jack Taylor(Richmond, SA) ruckman takes the knock from Frank Bossence (Broken Hill, NSW) and W. Cullen (North Melbourne) while Arthur Mazey shepherds. Also Jim Forbes (Melbourne colts) and Don Cameron (Interstate Soccer) Source AWM OG2515 Photographer Unknown
Jack Taylor(Richmond, SA) ruckman takes the knock from Frank Bossence (Broken Hill, NSW) and W. Cullen (North Melbourne) while Arthur Mazey shepherds. Also Jim Forbes (Melbourne colts) and Don Cameron (Interstate Soccer) Source AWM OG2515 Photographer Unknown


It is beyond the scope of this article to list all those with links to organised football who served or were affected by the Second World War.

For VFL Clubs a good starting point are a series of Articles in the 1944 Australasian Newspaper which list those that served from each club

Carlton (Australasian 1944, June 3), p. 11. - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page12685128
Collingwood (Australasian 1944, July 15), p. 21. - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page12685326
Essendon (Australasian 1944, May 20), p. 11. - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page12685064
Fitzroy (Australasian 1944, May 27), p. 8. - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page12685092
Footscray (Australasian 1944, June 17), p. 20- http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page12685199
Geelong (Australasian 1944, July 29), p. 27. - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page12685393
Hawthorn (Australasian 1944, June 10), p. 12. - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page12685160
Melbourne (Australasian 1944, June 24), p. 23. - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page12685233
North Melbourne (Australasian 1944, July 8), p. 21. - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page12685295
Richmond (Australasian 1944, May 13), p. 11. - [http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page12685031[
South Melbourne (Australasian 1944, July 1), p. 21. - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page12685264
St Kilda (Australasian 1944, July 22), p. 24. - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page12685360

Albert Mowlam, (VFL Umpire 1936-40),H Forbes (Fitzroy), E Harris (Geelong) and Alan Fields (Fitzroy)Source:AWM 002485/04 Photographer:Clifford Bottomley
Albert Mowlam, (VFL Umpire 1936-40),H Forbes (Fitzroy), E Harris (Geelong) and Alan Fields (Fitzroy)Source:AWM 002485/04 Photographer:Clifford Bottomley


For VFA clubs
The Sporting Globe Newspaper published a series of articles from Nov 1941-Nov 1942 listing sportsmen who had enlisted. The names of VFA players can be found at Sportsman All


Footballers who Died on Military Service


See Reference_ Footballers who died on Active Service WW2

POWs

Matches
AFL record 1942 Essendon v Combined Services p22
AFL record 1942 Essendon v Combined Services p22


Peter Chitty Source:AWM P04922.001 Photographer unknown
Peter Chitty Source:AWM P04922.001 Photographer unknown

Peter Chitty, the brother of Bob Chitty, Carlton Captain, seen in a number of Boyles photos, won the “Changi Brownlow" in the football competition organised on the Burma railway by Australian POW’s. The Changi competition was organised by another POW, Brownlow medallist and Fitzroy player Wilfred "Chicken" Smallhorn – Ref http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Chitty

Raising War Funds

SPORTSMEN TO AID FUNDS. (1940, June 15). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 10. Retrieved September 23, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12472595

Donations
AFL record 1942 Round 9 p9
AFL record 1942 Round 9 p9


FOOTBALL'S £20,000 TO WAR FUNDS. (1943, February 26). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved September 23, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11332736

Charity Matches

Matches to Raise money for Sport Equipment for men in service, or for funds donated to particular charities. The following is not authoritative, rather aims to provide a starting point for further research

1940

14-Jul-1940 AIF (Williamstown Racecouse v Royal Australian Naval Reserve
Keith Forbes
V.F.A. REPLAY MATCH. (1940, July 15). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved September 24, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11316668

A.I.F. v. NORTH MELB. (1940, July 15). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved September 24, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11316687

3-Aug-1940 VFL Lightning Premiership
All VFL Teams on same day at the MCG
Football LEAGUE HELPS WAR FUNDS. (1940, July 23). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 10. Retrieved September 23, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11301534

1941


24-May-1941 VFL Lightnng Premiership
All VFL Teams on same day at the MCG
BRIGHT FOOTBALL AT MCG. (1941, May 24). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 10. Retrieved September 23, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8180433

14-Sep-1941 Past and Present Boxers v Bookmakers
Series of Matches involving VFA and District players
Jack Brenchley, Oakleigh's captain
BOXERS RAISE £300. (1941, September 17). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 10. Retrieved September 23, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8205151

1942

12-Jul-1942 Richmond v Combined Services
See Combined Services v Richmond 12-Jul-1942 Souvenir Record for the list of players on the Services Team, including Ron Todd, Bob Pratt, Laurie Nash, Allan LaFontaine, Phonse Kyne, Alby Pannam and Stan Judkins.

27-Sep-1942 VFL Premiers (Essendon) v Combined Services
THRILLING FOOTBALL Essendon d Services. (1942, September 28). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 6. Retrieved September 23, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11997432

5-6? Oct-1942 Richmond v RAAF at Sale
FOOTBALL AIDS WAR FUNDS. (1942, October 6). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved September 23, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11998862

1943

20-Jun-1943 Army v Air Force at Punt Road Oval
ARMY V RAAF. (1943, June 15). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved October 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11344380

24-Jul-1943 League Patriotic Premiership
One Day Competiton featuring Fitrzoy, Hawthorn, Essendon, Richmond
FOOTBALL LEADERS IN ACTION. (1943, July 24). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved September 23, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11796728

15-Aug-1943 Combined Services v Essential Services
(Navy, Army, Airforce) v ( Fire Brigade, Police, Tramways, Munitions and Engineers)
COMBINED SERVICES' TEAMS WILL PLAY ON SUNDAY. (1943, August 10). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved September 23, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11790665
STARS IN PATRIOTIC GAME. (1943, August 13). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved September 23, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11790885

1944

9-Jul-1944 League v RAAF
PATRIOTIC GAME RAISES £2,000. (1944, July 10). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved September 24, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11351432


1945


29-Sep-1945 RAAF Laverton v North Launceston at North Hobart
Prominent Victorians To Play. (1945, September 28). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), p. 18. Retrieved October 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article26152645

6-Oct-1945 RAAF Vic v SA at Adelaide Oval
S.A. v. VICTORIA NEXT SATURDAY. (1945, October 1). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved October 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74627075

Services Football Competitions in Melbourne


1942 Inter-Services

See 1942 Inter-Services Competition

During 1942 an Interservices competition was run on Sundays. Many big name players played in the competition and after a slow start it quickly became popular. Charles Boyles took a number of team photos during the competition.

Players include:
Bob Pratt (South Melbourne, Coburg)
Frank Curcio (Fitzroy)
Ron Todd (Collingwood, Williamstown)
Alby Pannam (Collingwood)
Harry Hickey (Footscray) - Captain
Rex Richie (South Melbourne)
Bert Mills (ex-Hawthorn Captain)
Jack Mueller (Melbourne)
Phonse Kyne (Collingwood)
Fred Froude (Collingwood)
Alan La Fontaine (ex Melbourne Captain)
Laurie Nash (South Melbourne, Camberwell)
Stan Judkins (Richmond) - Captain
Jim Toohey (Fitzroy, Camberwell)


RAAF Competitions

The RAAF Competititon played a regular competition in Melbourne during WW2. A review of the 1943 Season provides an insight into the competition.
1943 RAAF Competition Summary
1943 RAAF Competition Raw Results

122_248 - RAAF Stores Depot in RAAF Style
122_248 - RAAF Stores Depot in RAAF Style


Team Photos



1942
  • Laverton (Fliers) 1942-44
  • Ascotvale (Engineers)
  • RAAF No1 STT (Technicians)
  • No1 SD (Stores)
  • No1 TG (Staff)
  • No1 ITS (Rookies)

1943
  • Ascotvale
  • No1 STT
  • No1. SD (Stores)
  • No1 TG
  • No1 Con Flt
  • CAS
  • No1 TS
  • Laverton (Premiers)

1944
  • Ascotvale
  • No1 STT
  • No1 SD (Stores)
  • No.1 TG
  • No.1 Com Flt
  • No1 ED
  • Point Cook
  • Laverton (Premiers)

The Argus 19-Jun-1944 p9
The Argus 19-Jun-1944 p9
The Argus 3-Jul-1944 p9
The Argus 3-Jul-1944 p9



The 1944 Preliminary Final was held at Brunswick Street, the final at Collingwood
LEAGUE SECONDS. (1944, September 11). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved October 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11360558(external link)


Unidentified Services Photos




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