Reg D. Fusedale - South Sydney Player Report

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Was a ballboy in the pioneer NZ "All Golds" v NSW match of 1907. A Lifesaver who saved at least five people from drowning, Reg Fusedale was also a cricketer and ex-RU NSW rep. He proudly served his country as 758 Driver Reginald Fusedale, 4th Battalion during World War 1. Fusedale enlisted at Victoria Barracks in Sydney in August 1914, and embarked for the fighting in Europe with the first AIF troopship convoy as an original member of the 4th Battalion. Once at sea, Ottoman Turkey joined the war on the side of Central Powers and the troopships were diverted to Egypt where Fusedale ultimately spent several months training in Mena Camp outside Cairo. Having landed on Gallipoli in the second wave attack on the morning of April 25, 1915, Fusedale spent several weeks fighting on the peninsula before returning to Egypt in May where he was promoted to driver and posted to the 1st Brigade Transport Detail at Maadi Camp a logistical hub for stores and supplies for the fighting in the Dardanelles. Fusedale rejoined the battalion after the evacuation of Gallipoli and embarked for France in March 1916. Fusedale participated in the fighting at Pozières and Mouquet Farm throughout July and August attached to the 4th Battalion Transport Section, ensuring the troops in the field were constantly supplied with mail, ammunition, food and stores. Having endured the bitterly cold Somme winter near Flers, Fusedale was evacuated to England suffering an enflamed testicle. He was evacuated to England where he spent several months recovering at Perham Downs, but never returned to France. He was eventually classed unfit for military service, returned to Australia in May 1918 and discharged soon after.

FG Player - 112

Representative Qualification
NSW City

South Sydney First Grade Debut
1919 Rd13 v Eastern Suburbs (30y 265d)

Previous Clubs
South Sydney Rugby Union (NSW RU representative 1913)
World War I service (1914-18)

Date of Birth
December 1890 (Died - 1990)

First Grade
                           Premiership :                       City Cup :                           Tour
         M   S   R   T   G/A   FG  Pts :  M   S   R   T   G/A   FG  Pts :  M   S   R   T   G/A   FG  Pts
1919     2   2   -   1   2      -    7 :  1   1   -   -   -      -    -
1920    10  10   -   5   -      -   15 :  1   1   -   -   -      -    - :  2   2   -   -   -      -    -
 
TOTAL   12  12   -   6   2      -   22 :  2   2   -   -   -      -    - :  2   2   -   -   -      -    -

SS FG   16  16   -   6   2      -   22 


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