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During the Second World War the majority of Professional Sport was suspended. This was mainly due to the large numbers of young men who joined the forces, reducing the numbers of both players and specators.



Professional Sportsmen who lost their lives in the World War Two



  • Ralph Arran. Football. Middlesbrough and Barnsley (d. in Holland in 1944.)
  • Horner Burton. Aus Rules Football. Perth. 2/28th Battn AIF (d. 1943.) Read his story
  • Henry Joseph Carrington. Aus Rules Football. Perth. 49 Sqaudron RAAF (d. 1944.) Read his story
  • Pte Harold William James Comte. Aus Rules Football. Saints. 2/24 Australian Infantry Battalion. (d. 30th May 1945.) Read his story
  • Pte. William Downie. Aus Rules Football. Saints, Footscray. 105 General Transport Company. (d. 11 September 1943) while a Prisoner of war in Burma Read his story
  • Warrant Officer Robert Barnes Flegg. Aus Rules Football. Saints. Royal Australian Air Force, 70 Squadron. (d.7th July 1944) Read his story
  • Luis Fontes. Racing Driver. Killed whilst serving with the RAF
  • Allan Joseph Grigg Aus Rules Football. Perth. 20 O.T.U RAAF (d. 1944.) Read his story
  • Alan Wesley Hain. Aus Rules Football. Perth. 1 Unit India FHQ RAAF (d. 1943.) Read his story
  • Keith Barnett "Pop" Hetherington. Aus Rules Football. Perth. 2/24th Battn AIF (d. 1942) Read his story
  • L/Cpl Ross William Hudson. Aus Rules Football. Saints. 51 Australian Field Company (d. 11 April 1945) Read his story
  • Harold James Kevan. Aus Rules Football. Perth. 113 Sqdn Far East RAAF. (d.1942.) Read his story
  • F/Officer Stuart Patrick King. Aus Rules Football. Saints. 20 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force (d. 28 Feb 1943) Read his story
  • John Charles "Jack" McGaffin Aus Rules Football. Perth. 2/28th Battn AIF (d. 1943.) Read his story
  • Mick Murphy. Football. Middlesbrough. (d.September 1944 in the Middle East) Green Howards
  • P/O Beresford Stanley Reilly. Aus Rules Football. Saints, Nth Melbourne, Melbourne. 454 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force. (d.23 July 1943) Read his story
  • Athol Angus Seubert. Aus Rules Football. Perth. 2/32nd Battn AIF (d.1942) Read his story
  • Lt. John Thomas Shelton. Aus Rules Football. Saints, Sth Melbourne. 2/24 Infantry Battalion. (d.1st May 1941) Read his story
  • Mjr. Eric Stephenson. Football. Leeds.
  • Percy Barnes "Barney" Wood. Aus Rules Football. Perth. 2/16th Battn AIF (d. 1941.) Read his story

    If you have any names to add to this list, or any recollections or photos of those listed, please get in touch.





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