The upcoming centenary of the ANZAC landings is especially significant for our Gordon District Cricket Club. As reported in the North Shore Times, the club had 51 players serve in World War I, with six of them making the ultimate sacrifice and 35 of them never playing cricket again due to injuries they sustained.
Nine players perished during combat in World War II.
John 'Jack' Rule - sacrificed his life so that we may live
The club will hold a remembrance ceremony to commemorate these servicemen at Chatswood Oval on March 14 at 1.30pm. We encourage everyone to attend and have extended in invitation to all of the local RSL Sub-Branches. We are honoured to have the mayors from Willoughby and Kur-ring-gai attending and the local state member, Gladys Berejiklian to make the occasion with a presentation to club president, Andy Falk.
Schedule of Events
1:30pm – Scheduled innings break in the cricket match at Chatswood Oval
1:32pm – Welcome – Dave Millar
1:35pm – Address – Paul Stephenson
1:45pm – Presentation – Hon. Berejiklian
1:47pm – Plaque unveiling – Andrew Falk, Hon. Berejiklian, Mayors Giles-Gidney & Anderson
1:50pm – Close
Lunch will be available from 1 o’clock.
Tea, coffee and drinks are available throughout the day.
Run as part of the state government’s United We Stand initiative, committee member David Millar said it was vital to remember. “The centenary of the First World War presents our cricketers’ generation with the opportunity to reflect on a significant chapter in our nation’s history,” he said.
“As a nation, we should be proud that our country has historically punched above its weight on the international stage. Much of that standing can be traced back to a new national government eager to establish its reputation through its contribution to the war efforts. Although history shows the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the actions during the campaign left Australia with a powerful legacy."
“Precisely because of the differing views people have on war, we believe the ultimate sacrifice made by so many men and women should never be forgot.”
The club is intending to dedicate the final round of each season to their fallen soldiers, with the names of the 15 soldiers who perished to be displayed.
Gordon players who lost their lives fighting in Egypt, Gallipoli and France during WWI were John Rule, Colin McCulloch, Fred Easton, Gother Clarke, Alan Bruce and Reg Black.
Those who died in WWII were Les Holland, Geoff Martin, David Robinson, Norm Spalding, John McDonagh, John Wearne, Gordon Thame, Ron Lockrey and Norman Trumper.
If you would like to read more about some of these players, check out some of the recent stories that Paul Stephenson has researched. They are truly fantastic.