|Full name||John Brake|
|Date of birth||11 November 1890|
|Place of birth||Horsham, Victoria|
|Date of death||16 May 1970(aged 79)|
|Place of death||Castlemaine, Victoria|
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||92 kg (203 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1921.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
World War I
As with many players at the time, World War I severely interrupted his career. Brake enlisted in the Third Division Artillery of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) at the start of the war, reaching the rank of Lieutenant. Brake was stationed with the 3rd Division in London when an Australian rules match was organised for 28 October 1916 between two teams of Australian servicemen in aid of the British and French Red Cross.
Promoted as the "Pioneer Exhibition Game of Australian Football in London", Brake represented the Third Australian Divisional Team against Australian Training Units at Queen's Club, West Kensington before an estimated crowd of 3,000, including the (then) Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), and King Manuel II of Portugal.
Brake continued to appear sporadically for Melbourne after World War I, finally retiring in 1921 after 17 matches with Melbourne and 98 VFL matches over all. Brake later became a member of the VFL Tribunal. Brake died in 1970 in Castlemaine.
- "Page - AWM133, 05-103". First World War Nominal Roll. Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- Anon, "News in Brief", The Times, Issue 41309, (Friday, 27 October 1916), p.15, column B.
- Atkinson, p. 7.
- "Melbourne University Football: Some famous Personalities" (PDF). Melbourne University Football Club. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
- Atkinson, G. (1982) Everything you ever wanted to know about Australian Rules Football but couldn't be bothered asking, The Five Mile Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0 86788 009 0.
- Holmesby, Russell & Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.
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