Col­lege link to fallen sol­diers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch - By JESSICA NICO

IN North Fre­man­tle a lone sol­dier stands atop a plinth, ri­fle in hand and head bowed, the names of the fallen etched un­der his feet.

Among the names are 12 North Fre­man­tle Foot­ball Club play­ers who left to fight in World War I, names that have cap­ti­vated 15-year-old Scotch Col­lege stu­dent Lin­coln Al­lan so much he de­cided to keep the mem­ory of them alive in an­other way.

Lin­coln, who grew up on John Street op­po­site the club’s Gil­bert Fraser Re­serve base, is writ­ing a per­sonal project on the foot­ballers and said he had al­ready learnt so much.

“I found the con­nec­tion the club has to Scotch Col­lege back in 1901 to 1915 very in­ter­est­ing,” he said.

“Scotch Col­lege teach­ers and for­mer stu­dents played for North Fre­man­tle in those years and three of those killed went to Scotch Col­lege – stu­dent Lance Cor­po­ral William Hewby at Fleur­baix on The Western Front; sports master 2nd Lieu­tenant John Ne­wham at Gal­lipoli; and stu­dent Lieu­tenant John Dun­stan, Royal Air Force, who died in Eng­land.”

World War I had a last­ing im­pact on the North Fre­man­tle Foot­ball Club, which folded in 1915 due to a lack of per­son­nel af­ter 44 play­ers and officials en­listed, be­fore be­ing rein­car­nated as the North Fre­man­tle Am­a­teur Foot­ball Club in 1921.

These play­ers and other North Fre­man­tle men who died in World Wars I and II will be re­mem­bered at an Anzac Day ser­vice at the me­mo­rial at 9am to­day.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d468222

Lin­coln Al­lan and Shane Woe­wodin at the me­mo­rial.

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