The Australian Imperial Forces cricket team in London in 1919
(Carl Willis middle row, 4th from left)
24 March 1893|
12 May 1930 (aged 37)|
Berrigan, New South Wales
Carl Bleakley Willis (24 March 1893 – 12 May 1930) was an Australian sportsman who played Australian rules football with South Melbourne and University in the Victorian Football League (VFL) as well as first-class cricket for Victoria.
Willis was educated at Wesley College, Melbourne, and the University of Melbourne, graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) in December 1915.
He was a regular player for University in his first season, however he was suspended for four weeks after being reported by a steward for punching an opponent. A dentist by profession, he captained South Melbourne in the 1921 season.
He enlisted in November 1915 and served as a dentist with the Australian Army Medical Corps Dental Detail. He served if France in late 1916, but was gassed, hospitalised and returned to England, taking charge of a dental unit on Salisbury Plain. He rose to the rank of captain in July 1918.
His cricket career, which began in 1913–14, continued after he retired as a footballer. Willis represented the Australian Imperial Forces team in 1918 and 1919, and Victoria from 1914 to 1928. He was selected to tour New Zealand in 1920–21 with the Australian team but was unavailable.
He practised dentistry in the Melbourne suburb of Malvern until 1929, when he moved to Numurkah in northern Victoria and then to Tocumwal in New South Wales.
- "Pioneer Exhibition Game" in London (1916)
- Deaths: Willis, The Argus, (Friday, 15 September 1933), p.1.
- Death: Willis, The (Mount Gambier) Border Watch, (Saturday, 5 November 1949), p.4.
- Births: Willis, The Argus, (Tuesday, 11 April 1893), p.1.
- Births: Willis, The Australasian, (Saturday, 15 April 1893), p.46.
- University of Melbourne: Degrees Conferred, The Argus, (Friday, 24 December 1915), p.5.
- The University Team, The Leader, (Saturday, 4 May 1912), p.29.
- Greg Growden, Cricketers at War, ABC Books, Sydney, 2019, p. 121.
- Growden, p. 127.
- "St George's Church Malvern". http://storage.cloversites.com/stgeorgesanglicanchurchmalvern/documents/MEMORIAL%20BOARD%20EXPANDED.pdf. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
- "The Australian Team". 31 January 1921. p. 3. https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/EP1921018.104.22.168. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
- Obituary: Mr. Carl Willis, The Jerilderie Herald and Urana Advertiser, (Thursday, 15 May 1930), p.3.
- "Death of Carl Willis". 17 May 1930. p. 24. http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/141799201. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
- Carl Willis Buried, The Herald, (Wednesday, 14 May 1930), p.5.
- Holmesby, Russell & Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.
- World War One Service Record: Captain Carl Bleackley Willis, National Archives of Australia.
- League Football: The South Melbourne Team, The Weekly Times, (Saturday, 13 June 1908), p.25.
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