Melbourne's wartime heritage is significant.

Tragically, 30 men who played for Melbourne died on active service during World War I or World War II.

Today, the club continues to honour those lost during the wars by naming key trophies at the Best & Fairest after them. 

Together with the Richmond Football Club, Melbourne also plays an annual fixture on ANZAC Day Eve which supports the RSL, Australian Defence Force and the Shrine of Remembrance.

Below is a list of the 30 Melbourne players lost on active service (list compiled by the AFL).

World War I

Name

Career

Location of death

Date of death

Jim Bonelli

1908

DOW in France

24/05/1918

Cliff Burge

1914

Villers-Bretonneux, France

14/08/1918

Jack Doubleday

1912-14

At sea in the Indian Ocean

30/10/1918

Bill Fischer

1909

France

15/10/1917

Mal Kennedy

1911-12

DOW in France

2/01/1918

Frank Lugton

1913-14

Pozieres, France

29/07/1916

Jim Mackie

1913

KIA

20/03/1917

Bill Maxwell

1909

Belgium

12/10/1917

Fen McDonald

1911-12

Gallipoli, Turkey

25/04/1915

Joe Pearce

1904-13

Gallipoli, Turkey

25/04/1915

Leo Rankin

1899

Died of illness OAS in France

10/05/1917

Percy Rodriguez

1914

Somme, France

20/03/1917

Bobby Royle

1898

KIA

3/11/1916

Alf Williamson

1912-14

Bullecourt, France

11/04/1917

 

World War II

Name

Career

Location of death

Date of death

Syd L. Anderson

1939-41

Wewak, Dutch New Guinea

20/05/1944

Jack Atkins

1940

Sundra Strait

21/05/1944

Harold Ball

1939-40

Malaya

23/05/1944

Ron J. Barassi 

1936-40

Tobruk

24/05/1944

Laurie Brady

1913

 

26/05/1944

Noel Ellis

1940-41

OAS at Yimboona Army Camp South of Brisbane, Qld

2/06/1944

Derek Mollison

1923-28

OAS at Rockhampton, Qld

23/06/1944

Ted Regan

1938

Burma

1/07/1944

Archie Roberts

1932-36

POW, Ambon Island

3/07/1944

Keith Truscott

1937-40; 1942

OAS at Exmouth, WA

11/07/1944

Barney Wood

1928

Litani River, Syria

14/07/1944