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Jack Atkins

Image DOB: 19 December 1916
Died: 1 March 1942

Debut: Round 3, 1940 against Footscray at MCG
Last Game: Round 6, 1940 against Hawthorn at Glenferrie Oval

From: Melbourne Grammar/Old Melburnians

Number: 16 1940

Games: 4
Goals: 1
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
30175.00

Recruited after six seasons playing in the amateur competition, Atkins joined the Demons after winning the 1939 A Grade Best and Fairest award as a ruckman. His father Ernest Atkins had played 23 games for University in 1913/14, and his son continued the family tradition when he debuted at full-back for Melbourne. He was called up as a late replacement when Bill Baxter injured his back.

Atkins gave up his football career after four games to join the Navy in World War II. He served in the Mediterranean early in the conflict, but was recalled to Australia when the Japanese entered the war. Atkins was killed along with 682 other servicemen on the HMAS Perth when the boat was struck by a Japanese torpedo near Java.

His father Ernest played 23 games for University in 1913 and 1914

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1940 410

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Notes
Some sources say he was called in as a last minute replacement for Shane McGrath, who narrowly missed a train to the MCG. McGrath didn't debut until two weeks later.

Media
Argus - 01/04/1940
Herald - 10/05/1940
Sporting Globe - 11/05/1940
Age - 15/05/1940
The Australasian - 24/06/1944

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