World War I saw a recruitment drive aimed at sportsmen. The assumption being that sportsmen had the skills and qualities that could be used on the battlefield. A number of recruitment posters featured lacrosse, these can be found at the bottom of this article.
The Argus of Monday the 19th of July, 1915 (p.10) states “The total number of lacrosseurs who have now volunteered is upwards of 280, representing between 50 percent and 60 percent of those eligible for service. The casualty list to date includes 12 killed and 19 wounded”.
One of the casualties during the war was Frank Roberts. Frank played for the Hawthorn Lacrosse Team and is a subject of the Museum of Victoria’s current, excellent, WW1 exhibition Love and Sorrow. Frank died on the 1st of September, 1918 in the battle of Mont St Quentin.
Lacrosse Victoria urges all of its members to observe one minute's silence at 11am on November 11 to remember those who died or suffered for Australia's cause in all wars and armed conflicts.
Frank Roberts and the Hawthorn Lacrosse Team - 1909