Ronald James (Ron) BARASSI

BARASSI, Ronald James

Service Number: VX45220
Enlisted: 15 July 1940
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 7th Division Supply Column AASC
Born: Guildford, Victoria, Australia, 24 October 1913
Home Town: Footscray, Maribyrnong, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Motor Driver/ Australian Rules Footballer
Died: Died of Wounds, Tobruk, Libya, 31 July 1941, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Tobruk War Cemetery, Tobruk
Al Buṭnān, Libya. 4. M. 9.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Melbourne Town Hall Honour Roll
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World War 2 Service

15 Jul 1940: Enlisted Private, VX45220, Caulfield, Victoria
15 Jul 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, VX45220
31 Jul 1941: Involvement Corporal, VX45220, 7th Division Supply Column AASC, Siege of Tobruk

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"...VX45220 Corporal Ronald James (Ron) Barassi, 7th Division Supply Column, Australian Army Service Corps, of Footscray, Vic. Barassi played in the position of rover for the Melbourne Football Club between 1936 and 1940. He was one of four Melbourne premiership players - Keith (Bluey) Truscott, Sid Anderson and Harold Ball who were killed in action during the Second World War. Barassi enlisted on 15 July 1940 and died of wounds on 31 July 1941, in Tobruk, aged 27 years." - SOURCE (


Melbourne Footballer, Ron Barassi, former Melbourne footballer, has been killed at Tobruk, according to advice received last night. Aged 26, he will be remembered as a good type of utility footballer. He first played for Melbourne in 1936 and took part in 55 games, scoring a total of 81 goals. Picked as 19th man, he played with the victorious Melbourne team in last year's grand final. Before enlisting he was on the Melbourne City Council staff. He is survived by a widow and 2 children." - from the Melbourne Argus 08 Aug 1941 (