Jack West

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Jack West
Personal information
Full name John Melville West
Date of birth (1889-02-17)17 February 1889
Place of birth Mooroopna, Victoria
Date of death 30 March 1960(1960-03-30) (aged 71)
Place of death South Yarra, Victoria
Original team South Melbourne College
Club information
Current club Retired
Number Uni – 1912: 23, 1913: 4, 1914: 2
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
04 0(0)
71 (17)
75 (17)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1910 season.

John Melville "Jack" West (17 February 1889 - 30 March 1960) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Melbourne and University in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

He was both a footballer and a resident master at Melbourne Grammar School when he enlisted in the AIF, 7th Battalion, C Company, on the 17th of August 1914, only two weeks after war was declared.

On the 25th of April 1915 he landed at Gallipoli and four days later was appointed Second Lieutenant. In August he was promoted to Lieutenant, just a week before he was wounded in action with significant gunshot wounds to the head and hand. A few days later John was admitted to the 1st Australian General Hospital, Cairo, Egypt and he subsequently returned to Australia in May 1916 as he was no longer fit for active duties. From 1919 until 1947 he was employed by Munitions Supply Department.[1]

Jack West died in Melbourne on 30 March 1960, aged 71.


  • Holmesby, Russell & Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.

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