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Commemoration Ceremony

Posted By Sports Development Officer on 27/10/2017

On Anzac Day 2015, the Centenary of the Gallipoli landing, a memorial plaque was unveiled on the Adelaide University Oval Pavilion and this is now being followed by the erection of a picket fence between the pavilion and the scoreboard with each picket bearing a plaque with the name of an AUFC/AUCC player who served.

This has coincided with the Centenary of ANZAC and our initiative behind the erection of the Memorial Picket Fence has been the University Football and Cricket Club's desire to honour our players who served in the Great War (1914-1918). These brave men put on hold their academic, professional and sporting careers for King and Country in the name of peace and freedom. The AUFC/AUCC Anzac Memorial Committee is endeavouring to identify every one of our players who served and prepare life stories on all. This is to ensure their sacrifices and further contributions to society will be recognised by future generations.

Identification of AUFC/AUCC Players who Served in WW1

Research conducted by the historians of the AUFC and AUCC have spent the last three years painstakingly identifying the Adelaide University students and graduates who played with the two Clubs and cross checking these against War Service Records both in Australia and England.

The researchers have to this point in time identified 194 players who served. Of those, 59 played both football and cricket. Sadly 20 of them paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The two Clubs have come together on this important project and raised funds through picket sponsorship and other fund raising activities to build the Memorial Picket Fence. Each picket will bear a plaque with the name and rank of the serviceman along with an acknowledgement of the picket donor.

Commemoration Event

Remembrance Day this year occurs on Saturday 11 th November and 11am is the scheduled starting time for a SACA 1 st Grade match between the Adelaide University Cricket Club and the Adelaide Cricket Club. The start of the match will be delayed for the 11am Remembrance Service. There will be before that a special Commemoration Event for the unveiling of the WW1 Memorial Picket Fence which is located at the entrance to University Oval between the grandstand and scoreboard. The Honourable Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese and The President of the Adelaide University Cricket Club, Mr Adam Kimber SC, will carry out official duties. The Official Party, Special Guests and Picket Donors will be served morning tea afterwards.

University and Adelaide Cricket Club Players Who Served

The Adelaide University and Adelaide Cricket Clubs had numerous players who served in World War 1. Among them, Charles “Charlie” Dolling who was the first captain of University when they were admitted to the SACA in 1908/09. He played with the Adelaide Cricket Club before his years with University and re-joined them after. He also represented South Australia before and after the War. After completing his medical degree in 1911 and practicing in the South Australian country, he took up a position at Guy’s Hospital, London, England in 1914. Following the outbreak of hostilities in Europe he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in July 1915 with the rank of Captain and served in Egypt and France. After the War and after retiring from cricket he became a State and Australian Test Selector and was also the SACA Doctor.

Another fine cricketer who played with both Clubs and the State was Gordon Campbell. A Brilliant all-round sportsman was awarded University Blues for cricket, lacrosse and athletics. After completing his Law Degree and time with the University Club he joined the Adelaide Cricket Club in 1912/13. As an outstanding wicket keeper for South Australia, he was selected to tour with the Australian side to South Africa in 1914. With the outbreak of War the tour was cancelled.

Enlisting in the 10 th Battalion in 1915, after serving in the Dardanelles and following the withdrawal from Gallipoli he saw active service in France. He was awarded The Military Cross and later The Bar for his outstanding leadership in battle and conduct.

Although both Dolling and Campbell had distinguished professional and fine cricketing careers the outbreak of War probably robbed both men of representing Australia at Test Level. Both did play for Australia in unofficial tours.