College link to fallen soldiers
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.
Lincoln Allan and Shane Woewodin at the memorial.