Group portrait of unidentified members of No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, Soccer Football Team, who were the 1918 Premiers. Lieutenant Colonel W O Mansbridge DSO, 44th Battalion is seated in centre of second row.

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The photograph was forwarded from “Somewhere in France” by Corporal A. Shields. It is a team chosen from the 38th and 39th Battalion, which played a game of “Soccer” behind the lines, against a combination of “Tommies.” The Australians won by four goals to one. Reading from left to right the names are: Back row – Pte. W. Martin (South Melbourne, 38th Batt.), Sgt. A. Geddes (Ballarat, 39th Batt), Cpl. A. Shields (Albert Park, 38th Batt.), Pte. G. Gregory (Bendigo, 39th Batt.), Pte. H. King (Sydney, 38th Batt.). Middle row — Cpl. D.C. Honeyman (Lakemba, Sydney, 38th Batt.), Pte F. Symons (Melbourne, 39th Batt.), Pte. H. Jansen (Melbourne, 38th Batt.), Pte. H. Beasley (Richmond, 38th Batt.), Pte. D. Robertson (Castlemaine, 38th Batt.). Front row — Pte. H. Heaney (Melbourne, 39th Batt.), Pte T. Holmes (Prahran, 38th Batt.), Pte. H. Souter (Brunswick, 39th Batt.).

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Caledonian Soccer Team in 1913

This team was effectively decimated as a result of the war and were not able to "regroup" with sufficient numbers until at least 1922.

The Caledonian Soccer Club players that did not survive included:

James 'Barney' Cowan, who died of wounds as received at the second battle of Passchendaele

Williams Chalmers, who was killed in action at Messines

Jamie Simpson, who died during the attack on Mouquet Farm, one of the bloodiest battles of the war [far left, back row]

Charlie Monteath, who did not survive the battle of Villers-Bretonneux [far left, middle row]

Frank Lyon, who succumbed to pneumonia after many months of freezing trench warfare [third from left, front row]

Dave McKinnon, who was killed at Pozieres Heights

David 'Barney' Henry, who died during the seige at Mouquet Farm

Dickie Leonard, a sailor whose ship was torpedoed in the English Channel

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Studio portrait of 3139 Private (Pte) James (Barney) Cowan, 48th Battalion, of Fremantle, WA. A clerk prior to enlisting in November 1916 Pte Cowan embarked from Fremantle with the 8th Reinforcements on board HMAT Berrima (A35) on 23 December 1916. On 24 November 1917 he died in Birmingham General Hospital of wounds received in action at Passchendaele, Belgium. He was 30 years of age. This is one of a collection of eight photographs relating to the Caledonian Soccer Club, Fremantle, WA.

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HMAS SYDNEY soccer team - 1915

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in honour of Granville Magpie striker Private John William Cottam who was killed in 1917 during World War One.

To honour his memory and to reward Granville for its success, the Rawson Cup was renamed the cottam cup and given to Granville Association by the governing body,

He was wounded in action on 15 April 1917 near Beaumetz, France and died of his wounds at the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, France on 17 April 1917, aged 24. He is buried in the Grevillers British Cemetery, France.

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H.M.A.S. Parramatta sailors in new guinea -1914-

H.M.A.S. Parramatta album

State Library Victoria

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James "Judy" William Masters

Enlisted: May 31, 1915

Unit: 19th Battalion

Balgownie's favourite son, "Judy" Masters, was recognised as Australia's best soccer player during his time.

After receiving a shoulder wound at Pozieres, Judy was allowed go to England for rehab where he met his English wife to-be, Annie Barraclough.

Judy, known as "The Little Master", resumed his sports career after his war service and from 1923 to 1928, he captained Australia in 22 international games against New Zealand, China (twice), Canada, English professionals and Czechoslovakia.

From the age of 15, he played 401 club matches and scored 351 goals. In more than 400 games, he was never cautioned.

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BAALBEK, SYRIA. 1941-11-01. A SCENE DURING THE SOCCER MATCH BETWEEN AUSTRALIAN AND INDIAN TEAMS. ...

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MOROTAI, 1945-05-28. UNIDENTIFIED MEMBERS OF THE SOCCER TEAM, 2/32ND INFANTRY BATTALION.

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1943-03-24. DARWIN. R.A.F. SPITFIRE SQUADRONS AT DARWIN. GROUND CREWS PLAY SOCCER.

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Outdoor group portrait of the No 4 Initial Training School, RAAF soccer team. Identified in the back row from left to right: B Davis, Albert Wraith (later O33105 Wing Commander); and 416534 William Bethune (later Warrant Officer).
Second back row from left to right: 416662 Charles Ernest Evans (later Flying Officer); Cecil Tasman Curran (later O30174 Flight Lieutenant); 27285 Corporal Frank Vardon (later Warrant Officer); and G Bushell.
Front row from left to right: 409303 Vernon James Hedley (later Flying Officer and killed on flying operations over Germany with 460 Squadron on 16 March 1945); 408923 Sydney William John Peak (later Flying Officer); 409305 Warwick Thomas Hollings (later Flying Officer); 416594 Colin Kerr Menzies (Team Captain and later Flight Sergeant and killed on flying operations over Germany with 101 Squadron on 17 April 1943); 26704 Sergeant Albert Henry Gray (Team Coach and later Warrant Officer); H P Williams; and 409278 Frederick James Ross (later Flight Sergeant and killed on flying operations over Germany with 139 Squadron on 20 August 1943).

LAE, NEW GUINEA. 1944-08-19. AN EXCITING MOMENT DURING THE SOCCER MATCH BETWEEN A TEAM FROM THE HMAS "MANOORA" AND HEADQUARTERS, 5TH DIVISION DURING THE INTER-UNIT SPORTS MEETING. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- STEWARD J. STAFFORD, RAN (1); PETTY OFFICER E. JOISCE, RAN (2); B/419 MR R.G. SCOTT, AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY

LAE, NEW GUINEA. 1944-10-01. MEMBERS OF THE SOCCER FOOTBALL TEAM OF THE 22ND WORKS COMPANY. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- N436826 PRIVATE J.G. MADDISON (1); N443880 PRIVATE C.J.D. SANDERSON (2); V43978 PRIVATE J. PALAMARA (3); WX7613 SERGEANT R. THOMPSON (4); N216677 PRIVATE W.H. CRANE (5); N390772 PRIVATE G.R. MARTIN (6);NX85424 PRIVATE H.F. WILSEMITH (7); NX202389 PRIVATE J. PROCARD (8); NX140944 PRIVATE W.S. MORRIS (9); N455119 CORPORAL H.W. HEWARD (10); S7577 SERGEANT P.E.C. HAYNES (11); NX192116 PRIVATE G. ETCHES (12); N455744 PRIVATE S. WEBB (13); N151352 PRIVATE H. RODDOM (14); NX169866 PRIVATE W.R. HOROBIN (15); NX173630 CORPORAL A GRAHAM (16).

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MASCOT, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA. 1944-07-13. PERSONNEL OF THE 2ND EMPLOYMENT COMPANY AND THE 3RD EMPLOYMENT COMPANY ENJOYING A GAME OF SOCCER ON ASCOT RACECOURSE. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- N321039 PRIVATE SIFE, 2ND EMPLOYMENT COMPANY (1); N256915 PRIVATE B. RUMM, 2ND EMPLOYMENT COMPANY (2); N385846 PRIVATE H. BLOOD, CAPTAIN, 3RD EMPLOYMENT COMPANY (3); N224965 PRIVATE W. BENDIT, 2ND EMPLOYMENT COMPANY (4); N463189 PRIVATE F. WEISS, 3RD EMPLOYMENT COMPANY (5); N224777 PRIVATE D. GIUFFRE, 2ND EMPLOYMENT COMPANY (6); N321036 PRIVATE P. MAY, 3RD EMPLOYMENT COMPANY (7).

Members of a soccer team from Headquarters, 5th Division who are to play a team from the 35th Infantry Battalion. Identified personnel are: (left to right) QX36379 Driver G H Sims (back of line); N211492 Private (Pte) M A Hakainsson; WX19907 Pte K Clements; QX53480 Pte J Watson; NX103799 Pte J A Halls; QX36372 Sergeant C G Mitchell; B/419 Mr Scott, Young Men's Christian Association; NX48809 Corporal K Farmer; NX108247 Gunner T Wallace; QX51273 Pte E Torpey; QX25175 Warrant Officer Class 1 A R S Fraser, captain (front of line).

Members of the soccer football team which is to play a team from the HMAS Manoora during the inter unit sports meeting. Identified personnel are: (left to right) QX55029 Signaller (Sig) E H Catton (front of line); QX60580 Sig C G Wedd; NX103799 Private (Pte) J A Halls; B/419 R G Scott, Australian Red Cross Society; QX25175 Warrant Officer Class 2 A Fraser; NX90718 Craftsman L Connolly; QX48005 Sergeant G S Jago; Q1258 Sig C Watson; N211492 Pte M A Hakainsson; QX42442 Sig J Clarkson; QX36379 Driver G H Sims (rear of line).

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Team photograph of the 3/81 Squadron's Australian soccer team whilst based at Iwakuni, Japan. They won the premiership in 1945.

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MILILAT, NEW GUINEA. 1944-08-31. AN EXCITING INCIDENT DURING THE SOCCER MATCH BETWEEN SINGLE AND MARRIED MEN OF THE 5TH DIVISION SIGNALS.

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The 1st Pioneer Battalion football team with supporters standing behind the team. The men are probably reinforcements for the 1st Pioneer Battalion at the Pioneer Training Battalion. -1916

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An outdoors group portrait of the Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel William Reginald Ffrench DSO MC and unidentified members of the soccer football team of the 1st Australian Machine Gun Battalion sitting on a field.

Belgium: Wallonie, Namur, Roux

First World War, 1914-1918

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MILILAT, NEW GUINEA. 1944-08-06. A TENSE MOMENT DURING THE SOCCER MATCH BETWEEN TEAMS FROM THE 4TH INFANTRY BRIGADE AND HEADQUARTERS, 5TH DIVISION DURING THE FIRST GAME PLAYED ON THE NEW HEADQUARTERS SPORTS OVAL. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- N211492 CORPORAL M.A. HAKAINSEON (2); B419 SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE R.G. SCOTT, AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY

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MILILAT, NEW GUINEA. 1944-08-13. MEMBERS OF A SOCCER TEAM FROM HEADQUARTERS, 5TH DIVISION SIGNALS WHO ARE PLAYING A MATCH AGAINST A TEAM FROM HEADQUARTERS, 5TH DIVISION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- QX36085 CORPORAL N.F. MCCRYSTAL (1); NX99684 SERGEANT L.J. CARDELL (2); QX50010 SIGNALLER J. CLARKSON (3); QX51276 CORPORAL P.C. STEPHENSON (4); QX49393 LANCE-SERGEANT G.D. DANIEL (5); QX55029 PRIVATE J.D WARD (6); QX44993 SIGNALLER C.G. WEDD (7); QX42442 SERGEANT L.C. SAUNDERS (8); QX45383 SIGNALLER H.D. REAL (9); QX52285 SIGNALLER K. ABERCROMBIE (10); QX64184 SIGNALLER E.H. CATTON (11).

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MILILAT, NEW GUINEA. 1944-08-20. MEMBERS OF THE SOCCER FOOTBALL TEAM FROM THE HMAS "MANOORA" WHICH IS TO PLAY A TEAM FROM HEADQUARTERS, 5TH DIVISION DURING AN INTER-UNIT SPORTS MEETING. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- ABLE SEAMAN T.W. BYLES (1); STEWARD J. STAFFORD (2); STOKER N. HILL (3); STOKER D. WALTERS (4); PHYSICAL TRAINING INSTRUCTOR L. MILES, CAPTAIN (5); ABLE SEAMAN A.R. IMISON (6); PETTY OFFICER T.E. JOISCE (7); ABLE SEAMAN K. JEFFES (8); STOKER C. TODD (9); PETTY OFFICER J. GIBSON (10); ABEL SEAMAN A. LIND (11); ABLE SEAMAN R. DONALDSON (12).

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MILILAT, NEW GUINEA. 1944-08-13. MEMBERS OF A SOCCER TEAM FROM THE 35TH INFANTRY BATTALION WHO ARE TO PLAY A TEAM FROM HEADQUARTERS, 5TH DIVISION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX156858 PRIVATE A.S. HORSFIELD (1); NX120590 PRIVATE D. GORDON (2); NX131599 CORPORAL I. BAILEY (3); NX120718 CORPORAL D.P. BUCKERIDGE (4); NX120427 PRIVATE E. CANCIAN (5); NX120594 PRIVATE H. BRADLEY (6); NX120794 PRIVATE F.L. LOPEZ (7); NX120703 PRIVATE J.M. NEVILLE (8); NX131562 PRIVATE J. KEAN (9); NX141655 PRIVATE W.L. NEWMAN (10); Q144298 PRIVATE C.C. COWAN (11).

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NOONAMAH, NT. 1943-12-11. SOCCER MATCH IN PROGRESS DURING THE NORTHERN TERRITORY CHRISTMAS SPORTS CARNIVAL.

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Korea. 3 December 1954. A friendly game of soccer took place at the camp of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) of the Neutral Nations Advisory Commission (NNAC). The teams competing were Australian and Swiss. The score was 3 to 1 in favour of the Australians.

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Korea. 21 March 1954. Informal portrait of Private (Pte) Frank (Paddy) Gahan, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), of Adelaide, SA, holding a soccer ball. Pte Gahan represented Ireland in international soccer competitions and played for the Whitehall Rangers in Dublin. In Adelaide he was one of the stars of the Juventus team.

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An outdoors group portrait of unidentified members of the Soccer Football team of the 1st Australian Pioneer Battalion.

Belgium: Wallonie, Namur, Aiseau

First World War, 1914-1918

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Outdoor group portrait of the 2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion Soccer Football Team, winners of the Brigade Group Medal Competition. Identified in the back row from left to right: Lieutenant Colonel Frederick William Gadsby Annand DSO, VD and Bar from Brisbane, Queensland, the Commanding Officer of the Battalion; 3457 Private (Pte) Edward John Bannon from North Fitzroy, Victoria; 3577 Pte William Harvey Morrison from South Brisbane; 2228 Pte Charles Frederick Thompson from Seddon, Victoria; 3369 Driver John Francis Kelly from Warragul, Victoria (later promoted to Corporal); and Major David Sherris, Chaplain from Launceston, Tasmania.
Front row from left to right: 2577 Pte George Henry Barnes from Leongatha, Victoria; 3534 Pte Frederick Glasse from Melbourne, Victoria; 3585 Pte Arthur Joseph Lucas from Colac, Victoria; 1805 Sergeant Wilfred Wakely from Mirboo North, Gippsland, Victoria; 5892 Pte Ernest Edgar Best from Fremantle, Western Australia; 3604 Pte Walter Crash Overson from Brisbane; and 3361 Pte Frederick Alfred Hooker from Ballarat, Victoria.

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An outdoors group portrait of unidentified members of the 1st grade soccer team of the 9th Battalion and an unidentified officer, on a playing field.

Belgium: Wallonie, Hainaut, Chatelet

First World War, 1914-1918

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Northern Territory. 1943-08-16. The soccer team formed from the 2/142nd Australian General Transport Company, No 11 Lines of Communication, Sub Area, AIF.

TEL EL KEBIR, EGYPT. 1941-11. THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY BASE ORDNANCE DEPOT SOCCER TEAM OF WHICH LIEUTENANT COLONEL H. S. KINGHAM IS PRESIDENT, MAJOR H. N. BIDGEN, VICE PRESIDENT AND LIEUTENANT A. MILLER, MANAGER.

The Australian soccer team at Prisoner of War camp Stalag XVIIIa at Wolfsberg, Austria. Soccer was played in a small area between prison barracks with seven men to a team. All team members were from NSW, Victoria and SA.

Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) R Bierwirth, Commander in Chief, British Commonwealth Forces Korea (BCFK), watches a soccer match being played between the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), and a team from the Britcom Field Dressing Station at Tokchon, Korea.

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SOGERI VALLEY, NEW GUINEA, 1943-06-25. TROOPS OF THE 11TH AUSTRALIAN FIELD AMBULANCE, MAIN DRESSING STATION, PLAYING SOCCER DURING ONE OF THEIR RECREATION PERIODS.

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There are a number of UK enlistees in the Australian Army at present serving with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR) in Korea. Most are keen soccer players and get plenty of their favourite sport. The 1RAR team has had more than its share of victories against other units of 1 Commonwealth Division, and has won a match and lost one against a team from the Swiss Neutral Nations Delegation, at Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). Sharing his canned refresher (drink) with two young Korean spectators at 'Lemons' during a match, is 210981 Private (Pte) John Hampton 'Jock' Rodger, originally of Dundee, Scotland, whose home is now at Cessnock, NSW.

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Kangaroo soccer team RAAF -1945- japan

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WONDECLA AREA, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA. 1944-05-25. MEMBERS OF THE SOCCER TEAM OF THE 2/5TH INFANTRY BATTALION.

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A.I.F. at Darwin Sat [i.e. Saturday] afternoon soccer Signals V Navy

1943

State Library of Victoria

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Dockerty cup final 1914

Of the 22 photographed players who took the field, at least 12 enlisted in the AIF, eight from N&D. At least two, Arthur Goodson and Brodie from Thistle were killed at the front.

These were massive losses for both clubs. The same kind of losses were felt across all clubs in Victoria. Many clubs had occasion to mourn the death of one or more of their own and all lost substantial numbers to enlistment.

(Neos Osmos)

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MILILAT, NEW GUINEA. 1944-08-06. TWO STAR PLAYERS IN THE SOCCER MATCH BETWEEN TEAMS FROM HEADQUARTERS, 5TH DIVISION AND THE 4TH INFANTRY BRIGADE ENJOY A DRINK AT HALF TIME DURING THEIR GAME ON THE NEW HEADQUARTERS SPORTS OVAL. THEY ARE:- B419 SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE R.G. SCOTT, AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY, WHO PLAYED WITH THE SOUTH ADELAIDE TEAM AND REPRESENTED SOUTH AUSTRALIA (1); NX120887 CORPORAL M.R. WYNN, PLAYED WITH METTERS TEAM, SYDNEY AND WAS AN AUSTRALIAN REPRESENTATIVE IN SEVERAL INTERNATIONAL SERIES (2).

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We owe it to the memories of the men who formed the Returned Soldiers team in Brisbane to remind people they were there and then returned. After all, their team's very foundation was an assertion of memory.

Finally, we owe something to the men of Irymple and the Caledonians, the ones who didn't return. War is a waste of youth and life and it is driven by people who don't get their hands dirty or bloody, but we cannot afford to forget the stories and the details of those who paid that terrible price.

We must remember but we must remember well. Lest we forget, indeed.

Ian Syson