Caledonian Soccer Club


This team was effectively decimated as a result of the war and were not able to "regroup" with sufficient numbers until at least 1922.    

According to research conducted by the Football Hall of Fame Western Australia, the Caledonian Football Club was founded by the Fremantle Caledonian Society in 1913. In their earliest years, they played at Fremantle Park then at a polo ground in East Fremantle.

Twenty-seven players and officials of the Club enlisted in World War One and of these, eight did not return. 

The following is a photograph of the Caledonian Soccer Team in 1913. It comes from Richard Kreider's book Paddocks to Pitches: A Comprehensive History of WA Football. 

This team was effectively decimated as a result of the war and were not able to "regroup" with sufficient numbers until at least 1922. 

The Caledonian Soccer Club plays that did not survive included:

  • James 'Barney' Cowan, who died of wounds as received at the second battle of Passchendaele
  • Williams Chalmers, who was killed in action at Messines
  • Jamie Simpson, who died during the attack on Mouquet Farm, one of the bloodiest battles of the war [far left, back row]
  • Charlie Monteath, who did not survive the battle of Villers-Bretonneux [far left, middle row]
  • Frank Lyon, who succumbed to pneumonia after many months of freezing trench warfare [third from left, front row]
  • Dave McKinnon, who was killed at Pozieres Heights
  • David 'Barney' Henry, who died during the seige at Mouquet Farm
  • Dickie Leonard, a sailor whose ship was torpedoed in the English Channel 

Incidentally, pictured in the centre, middle row is goalkeeper Alex Marr who survived World War One. Second from left, back row, is David Reid who was one of the founders of the Caledonian Soccer Club. He served in the Field Ambulance Corps and also survived. His brother, Sir Alexander Reid, was later Chancellor of the University of Western Australia. 

Another breakdown of the losses of the Caledonian Soccer Team is shown on their webpage and included here:

 

You can find more information on the Callies and the Great War on the Football Hall of Fame Western Australia website, www.footballhalloffamewa.com.au.


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