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Friday, 23 April 2021

Early WW1 soccer casualities from WA

Western Mail (Perth), Friday 28 May 1915, page 29


(By "Soccer.")

As was to bc expected with such a large number of soccer players serving the Empire the lists of casualties and injured that have come through have contained the names of those who have at one time or another taken an active interest in the fame. Since the Australian Expeditionary Forces have left these shores five have sealed their loyalty to the flag with their lives and two have been injured. Those that have been called are Majors Parker and Carter (Perth club), Privates Amos (Referee), Courtney (Training College club) and Lance Corporal Hale (Claremont Glebe), whilst Lieutenant Rockcliffe and R. Wigzell (referee) have been wounded. The Association is preparing a roll of honour which is to include players and officials. 

Western Mail (Perth), Friday 25 June 1915, page 29


(By "Soccer.")

Since my notes of last week Association football has sustained a great loss in the death of three players who have been killed in action at the Dardanelles, viz Privates Will. H. Nicholl and Leslie Cecil Price, and Lance-Corporal W. B Blair. The deceased were members of Fremantle, Perth, and Training College teams, respectively, and were good exponents. "Nic," as the former was designated by his friends, represented this State against the English cricket team in 1908. and the latter was Scotland's outside right in the international against England last season. Truly soccer exponents are contributing to-wards the blood tax being exacted, as up to the time of writing 10 have paid tor their loyalty to the Empire with their lives. May they rest in peace.

Don't forget the Caledonians whose 8 deaths (6 first teamers) were not noted until towards the end of the war.

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