2/4th FOOTBALL TEAM NORTHAM 1941
The football team was formed at Northam Camp in November 1940. The team was formed and managed by WX8407 A.S. ‘Snow’ Hewby.
Snow Hewby had fought in WW1 as well as enlisting in WW2. He was a member of the WA State Football team in 1921 and played in the carnival that year.
WX8778 Lou Joseph Daily, a Sandover Medallist was the team captain. This very successful sporting team included several League players and talented players from around the country and metropolitan area. The team played and defeated South Australian combined A.I.F. team at the curtain raiser to a finals game held at the Adelaide Oval. The team played in WA, SA and Darwin prior to sailing overseas.
BACK ROW: WX8374 Con Ryan – Norseman, WX3440 Frank McCaffrey (NSW), WX 8778 Lou Daily played Subiaco, Collingwood and Geelong, WX8407 Snow Newby was Manager WA State team 1921, WX9327 E. Hunt – Quairading, W9289 R. Anderson – Swan Districts, WX7714 F. Clark, —, WX7996 T. Tompkins – Toodyay.
MIDDLE ROW: WX8638 Clive Hellmrich – Swan Districts, WX8729 Ron Badock – Norseman, WX9268 Joe Pearce – Swan Districts, WX8952 R. Riebe – Metropolitan, WX7715 C. Spackman – Kalgoorlie, WX8617 J. Dore – Perth also State Footballer.
(Dore switched to playing baseball at State Level after the war)
FRONT ROW: WX9129 J. Ovens, Unknown, WX9143 J. Smith – Fremantle, WX8753 J. Wheelock – Norseman, WX9552 W. Innes – East Perth and Cyclist, WX1002 H. White – Swan Districts, WX9887 A. Mussman – East Perth.
According to the football results of 4 July 1941, WX9351 John (Jack) Treasure enjoyed a cracker of a game with leading goal kicks!
Surviving members: Con Ryan, Frank McCaffrey, T. Tompkins, Ron Anderson, Ron Badock, J. Smith, Joe Pearce, R Riebe, Jim Dore, C. Spackman, Jack Wheelock, H. White.
Below: Mussman, Dore, Badock, Spackman
Those who did not Return to Australia included:
WX9327 Edgar Harold Hunt of Quairading, worked on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force
V Battalion died at Hindaine Camp of bacillary dysentery 10 August 1943, 29 years.
Edgar was employed as farmhand at Jacob’s Well near Beverley and moved to Dangin to work prior to enlisting. In 1937 his father was a grocer in Beverley where Edgar spent his formative years.
Parents Percy and Alice Hunt sadly lost both their sons to Australia’s war effort. Edgar’s younger brother Campbell also died and the community of Beverley lost two fine young men.
Edgar was a talented footy player and played for Swan Districts Football Club prior to enlisting. (We have not been able to confirm Hunt ever played with Swan Districts – it is conceivable he ‘tried out’ however, was unsuccessful). He also played for the 2/4th footy team with Clive Hellmrich, a former Swan Districts player.
WX7714 Francis Denis John Clark died Kuii Camp, Burma-Thai Railway, malaria/cardiac beri-beri 10 October 1943, aged 30 years
WX8638 Clive Hellmrich died Kanchanaburi malaria/beri-beri/dysentery 22 December 1943 aged 33 years.
WX9129 Ernest ‘Jesse’ Ovens KIA Ulu Pandan, Singapore, 12 February 1942 aged 24 years.
WX9552 William ‘Bill’ Leonard Innes KIA Hill 200, Ulu Pandan, 12 February 1942, aged 22 years.
WX9887 Alfred ‘Alf’ or Snook Mussman of East Perth, KIA Reformatory Road, Ulu Pandan, 11 February 1942 aged 30 years.
WX9351 John Treasure died Kuii Camp,Thailand of cerebral malaria13 September 1943 aged 24 years.
In the West Australian newspaper of 4 July 1941, Treasure kicked 4 goals for 2/4th, achieving the highest number of goals for the team.