Anzac Day
Seven rugby ANZACs died at Gallipoli
Greg Growden
April 24, 2015
Anzac Cove: Seven All Blacks and Wallabies died on the Gallipoli Peninsula © Getty Images

Anzac Day is an important moment for Australian and New Zealand rugby, as countless representative footballers have served in numerous conflicts, including both world wars. Ten Wallabies - all of whom appeared in the NSW colours - were killed during World War I: Blair Swannell, Ted Larkin, Harold George, Fred Thompson, Arthur Verge, George Pugh, Herbert Jones, Clarence Wallach, Bryan Hughes and William Tasker. Five of them were killed during the Gallipoli campaign, with Swannell and Larkin shot by Turkish snipers on April 25, 1915.

And 13 All Blacks died in action during World War I, with Albert Downing and Henry Dewar killed at Gallipoli in August 1915, five months after the first troops landed on the peninsula.

And the day will be treated with the required level of respect at the Crusaders-Blues and Waratahs-Rebels matches on Saturday - after the lunacy of Anzac Day last year, when the home teams weren't allowed to play the national anthems before their fixtures. Both venues this year - AMI Stadium in Christchurch and ANZ Stadium in Sydney - will stage a special pre-game ceremony that will finish with both Australian and New Zealand anthems being played.

It is also fitting that the Waratahs are hosting the Rebels on Saturday, as New South Wales and Australia half-back Nick Phipps, who has played for both teams, has a close connection to ANZAC. News Limited colleague Iain Payten wrote an excellent article in the week about Phipps' two grandfathers and their extraordinary war stories. It is well worth a read here

As we gather to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli in Turkey, ESPNscrum lists the 13 All Blacks who died in action during World War I and the 63 Wallabies who served - 10 of whom were killed in action.

Lest we forget.

All Blacks Killed In Action During World War I
NameCap NumberAll Blacks CapsTest CareerService
James Alexander Steenson Baird19011913Canterbury Regiment
Robert Stanley Black21111914Otago Mounted Rifles and Canterbury Infantry Regiment
Henry Dewar 17521913Wellington Mounted Rifles
Ernest Henry Dodd 8311905New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Albert Joseph Downing1765 1913-1914Wellington Regiment
David Gallaher 9761903-1906 Auckland Regiment
Eric Tristram Harper11221904-1906Canterbury Mounted Rifles,
Autini Pitara Kaipara0NZ Maori1910-19111st Maoris and New Zealand Pioneer Battalion
James McNeece 19951913-1914Otago Regiment,
Alexander James Ridland 16431910New Zealand Rifle Brigade
George Maurice Victor Sellars18221913Auckland Regiment
Reginald Taylor 20221913Wellington Regiment
Hubert Sydney Turtill 13911905Royal Engineers
Frank Reginald Wilson16601910Auckland Regiment,

Wallabies Who Served During World War I
WallabyCap NumberWallabies CapsTest CareerServiceComments
Robert Wilson Adamson116119124th & 1st Tunnelling Company 
Harold William Baker1383191412th Light Horse Regiment 
Bruce McNeil Beith14541914-203rd General Hospital, 57th & 53rd BattalionMention in Despatches
Sinon Bernard Boland2431899-19032nd Light Horse RegimentDistinguished Service Order & Mention in Despatches
John Herbert Bond14841920-2130th BattalionMeritorious Service Medal & Mention in Despatches. AIF Team
Clive Dale Bondfield214119256th & 11th Light Horse RegimentMilitary Medal
Peter Neave Buchanan1952192319th & 3rd BattalionAIF Team
Hugh Buntine20121923-2435th BattalionMention in Despatches
John Dennison Campbell10431910British Army 
Edwin William Carr166419216th Light Horse Regiment1924 Olympian (Athletics)
Daniel Brendon Carroll9321908-12364th Regiment, American Expeditionary ForceDistinguished Service Cross
James Clarken6541905-103rd Australian General Hospital & 4th Motor Transport CompanyAIF Team
Ernest Austin Cody125319137th Field Artillery Brigade
Royle Charles Cooney180119223rd Division Train 
Arthur Cecil Corfe 1711899The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment; 11th & 10th BattalionDistinguished Service Order plus two bars & the Croix de Guerre
Herbert Franks DalyUC019089th Field Ambulance1908 Uncapped Wallaby
Thomas Sydney Richmond Davis150201920-251st Light Horse Regiment 
William Alexander Douglas188119221st Battalion 
Vivian Alphonsus Dunn15171920-211st Field Company EngineersAIF Team
Raymond Earl Elliott152131920-235th Field Ambulance
Edward Joseph Fahey11741912-147th Field Artillery Brigade 
Duncan Fowles16781921-233rd & 11th Field Artillery Brigade 
Eric Francis1402191415th Battalion & Australian Flying Corps 
Munro FraserUC019129th & 1st Machine Gun Company1912 Uncapped Wallaby. AIF Team
Walter Smale Friend162101920-232nd Field Artillery Brigade 
Harold Wesley George10881910-1413th BattalionD.O.W. Gallipoli, 10 May 1915. Buried at sea
Charles Hammand952 1908-0915th Battalion 
William Robert Hardcastle3121899-033rd Battalion 
John Joseph Hickey9621908-0956th BattalionAIF Team & Rugby League International
Bryan Desmond Hughes135219138th Battalion Royal Dublin FusiliersMilitary Cross. K.I.A. Hazebrouck, 6 August 1918. Buried II G2 Borre, British Cemetery
Herbert Jones1263191330th BattalionK.I.A. Flers, 4 November 1916. Buried AIF Burial Ground Plot IX Row B Grave 4 Flers, France.
Edwin Rennix Larkin38119031st BattalionK.I.A. Gallipoli, 25 April 1915. No known grave. Memorial at Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Thomas Lawton (Snr)154141920-3212th Field Artillery Brigade 
Robert Dowling Marrott155219201st & 14th Field AmbulanceMilitary Medal
William Joseph Marrott18671922-2319th Battalion
George Robert McKay16061920-2258th Battalion 
Sydney Albert Middleton 10341909-1017th, 18th & 19th BattalionDistinguished Service Order,Order of the British Empire & Mention in Despatches
Herbert Michael Moran9711908Royal Army Medical Corps, British Army 
John O'Donnell321 18995th Training Battalion 
Irving William Ormiston157219203rd & 5th BattalionAIF Team
George Thomas Bryan PalmerUC0193135th Field Artillery BrigadeUncapped Wallaby on tour to New Zealand 1931
George Harold Pugh121119124th BattalionK.I.A. Ypres, 5 September 1916. Buried Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm) Zillebeke, Belgium.
Edward William Richards4951904-07Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force 
Thomas James Richards9931908-121st Field Ambulance & 1st BattalionMilitary Cross
Sidney Austin Riley4311901st Auckland Battalion, New Zealand Army 
Ernest Victor Ritchie20541924-2535th Battalion 
Thomas Shaftesbury Smith172121921-252nd Battalion, 2nd & 7th Machine Gun Company 
Norman Cecil Smith18771922-259th & 3rd Machine Gun Company 
Geoffrey Ellington SteanesUC0192120th BattalionUncapped Wallaby 1921
Joshua Mason StevensonUC019081st & 4th BattalionUncapped Wallaby 1908, AIF Team
Dudley Colin Suttor1293191315th Army Service CorpsAIF Team
Blair Inskip Swannell72119051st BattalionK.I.A. Gallipoli, 25 April 1915. Buried 10 Baby 700 Cemetery, Gallipoli.
William Henry Tanner13218995th Light Horse Field Ambulance 
William George Tasker13061913-1413th Battalion & 13th Field Artillery BrigadeK.I.A. Amiens, 9 August 1918. Buried France 1170 Villers Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy.
John Morris Taylor1782192213th & 1st Field Artillery BrigadeAustralian cricketer 1920-1926
John Thompson1412191415th Field Ambulance
Frederick Herbert Thompson13151913-1413th BattalionK.I.A. Gallipoli, 29 May 1915. Buried Gallipoli 31 Shrapnel Valley Cemetery
Edwin Joseph Thorn185151922-267th Field Artillery Brigade 
Arthur Verge5021904Australian Army Medical Corps & 6th Light Horse RegimentD.O.D. Egypt, 18 September 1915
Alfred Stanley Billingsley Walker122161912-241st Light Horse Regiment 
Clarence Wallach13251913-1419th BattalionD.O.W. Western Front, 22 April 1918. Military Cross & Mention in Despatches
Patrick Bernard Walsh513190412th Light Horse RegimentMention in Despatches. 1908 Kangaroo
William Thornton Watson12381912-20Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force; 1st & 2nd Field Artillery BrigadeDistinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Cross plus bar. AIF Team
David Moss Williams13741913-1441st Battalion
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