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Dick Clough
Born (1884-03-02)2 March 1884
Williamstown, Victoria
Died 2 June 1915(1915-06-02) (aged 31)
off Gallipoli, Ottoman Turkey
Height 174 cm

Corporal Richard Henry Clough (2 March 1884 – 2 June 1915) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Essendon in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He died on active service in World War I.[1]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Clough was born in Williamstown on 2 March 1884, son of Mr Joseph and Mrs L. Clough.[2]

Football[edit | edit source]

Recruited from Coburg Juniors, Clough made two VFL appearance for Essendon.[3] The first came in the 1907 season, Essendon's round seven loss to Carlton at Princes Park, noted as the 104 points Carlton scored was then the most Essendon had ever conceded in a VFL fixture.[4] His other game for Essendon was in the seventh round of the 1908 VFL season, a six-point win over Melbourne at the MCG.[5] He was granted a permit in 1909 to join North Melbourne in the Victorian Football Association.[6]

War service[edit | edit source]

Clough, who was married and employed as a telephone linesman, enlisted for armed service on 29 October 1914.[7] He enlisted in Mackay, Queensland, but gave his address as North Williamstown.[7] On 21 December, Clough and his unit, the 5th Light Horse Regiment, embarked from Sydney, on board the Transport A34 Persic.[7] They arrived in Egypt on 1 February 1915 and in May were deployed to Gallipoli.[7] He was wounded in action in Gallipoli on 2 June, a gunshot had penetrated his chest and abdomen.[7][8]

On 2 June 1915, on board the HMT 'Gascon', Clough died of his wounds and was buried at sea three miles off the coast of Gaba Tepe.[9][10]

He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal.[7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Players Killed on Active Service – AFL Records on Service from Boer War / WW1 / WW2 – AFL.com.au". AFL. http://www.afl.com.au/news/2014-04-24/players-killed-on-active-service-afl-records-on-service-from-boer-war-ww1-ww2. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  2. "Family Notices.". Vic.: National Library of Australia. 19 June 1915. p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87748380. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  3. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 9781920910785. 
  4. "AFL Tables – Carlton v Essendon – Sat, 15-Jun-1907 3:00 PM – Match Stats". AFL Tables. http://afltables.com/afl/stats/games/1907/030519070615.html. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  5. "AFL Tables – Melbourne v Essendon – Mon, 8-Jun-1908 3:00 PM – Match Stats". AFL Tables. http://afltables.com/afl/stats/games/1908/051119080608.html. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  6. "Victorian Football Association.". Vic.: National Library of Australia. 28 May 1909. p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article109077564. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 "Details – Richard Henry Clough". The AIF Project. https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=55933. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  8. "Essendon Football Club – Team Players – Richard Clough". Internet Archive. Archived from the original on 24 April 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20120424120555/http://www.essendonfc.com.au/team/player-past.asp?id=161. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  9. "Roll of Honour – Richard Henry Clough". Australian War Memorial. http://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1712439/. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  10. "Honor Roll: Corporal Clough Dead.". Vic.: National Library of Australia. 19 June 1915. p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article69980718. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 

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