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(s) South Melbourne College
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1906–07 Melbourne 04 0(0)
1908–14 University 71 (17)
Total 75 (17)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1910.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

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 17 August 1914, only two weeks after war was declared.

On 25 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 he 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]

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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