MCC Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918 - Melbourne Cricket Club Back to Search

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Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Researcher Alf Batchelder

Researcher's Introduction
"In 1947, the Committee of the Melbourne Cricket Club approved a proposal to erect bronze plaques bearing the names of Members who had died in the two World Wars but, by 1949, the idea of naming the World War I dead had been abandoned in favour of an “appropriate inscription making reference to those Members who died in the 1914/18 War”.

It is possible to discern reasons for this change. While a list of those “Killed in Action, Died of Wounds, &c” was published in the 1918-19 Annual Report, it contained inaccuracies and omitted several names. The nature of the fighting in World War I meant that considerable time passed
before the Club became aware of the deaths of some Members. In addition, many whose health had been destroyed in the War, and particularly those affected by gas, did not die immediately from their afflictions. Such cases clearly presented the biggest difficulty in producing a definitive World War I Honour Roll for the MCC. What was the cut-off point for inclusion? Further complications arose from servicemen whose deaths occurred during the influenza pandemic of 1918-19. Consequently, it would seem that the symbolic design was chosen because the Club was unwilling to risk omitting any names.

In producing this Honour Roll, I have added several Members whose names were not on the Club’s list of 1918-19. In World War II, 2415 Members (out of about 8300) were in uniform. Of these, 141 lost their lives On Active Service; five others, all civilians, were also killed. At the start of World War I, the MCC had 5449 Members. This 1914-18 Roll of Honour contains 137 names. Though a lower figure than that for the Second World War, it should be noted that it represents a
toll of over 12 per cent of the 1088 who enlisted, compared with a figure of about six per cent for 1939-45.

Special thanks are due to Mrs Eileen Quaile, whose inquiry sparked this project; Allan Box, Perce Bailey and Harry Zachariah; John Batchelder for his computer assistance; Dianne Rutherford of the Australian War Memorial; Lachlan McLean of the Directorate of Naval Officers’ Postings;
and to all of my colleagues in the MCC Library for their patience and support, especially Eric Panther and David Allen. Above all, I am grateful to the Club for making it possible to lift the veil of anonymity from those 137 Members who lost their lives. Again, I hope that my research has given some truth to the lines of Dame Mary Gilmore:

They are not dead; not even broken;
Only their dust has gone back home to the earth;
For they, the essential they, shall have rebirth
Whenever a word of them is spoken."

Alf Batchelder

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CROCKER, Robert Clive

Service number OFFICER
Captain
Born 1888

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DEBENHAM, Keith

Service number OFFICER
Lieutenant
Unspecified British Units
British Forces (All Conflicts)
Born 1894

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COLCLOUGH, Wilfred Lorimer Thomas

Service number 5561
Lance Corporal
24th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 7 Apr 1894

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VICKERY, James Sidney Swanton

Service number 12394
Private
10th Field Ambulance
AIF WW1
Born 1895

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PEARCE, Arthur Mueller

Service number 418
Corporal
7th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1885

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STEELE, Phillip John Rupert

Service number 6416
Sergeant
4th Field Artillery Brigade
AIF WW1
Born 12 Jun 1889

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GARRARD, Stanley Charles

Second Lieutenant
Born 1881

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MCILWRAITH, David Keith

Service number 553
Private
5th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Apr 1893

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