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Jack Redman
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Born 10 July 1914
Canterbury, New South Wales, Australia
Died 5 July 1945(1945-07-05) (aged 30)
Borneo, Japanese-occupied Dutch East Indies

John Robert Walter "Jack" Redman (10 July 1914 - 5 July 1945) was an Australian rugby league player who played in the 1930s.

Background

John Robert Walter Redman was born at Canterbury, New South Wales in 1914, and played rugby league from a young age.

Playing career

He debuted in first grade for University in 1933 and played 10 games for them between 1933-1934. After completing his studies, he joined Balmain in 1935 and went on to become one of the best lock-forwards in Sydney rugby league until his last season in 1940. Redman was selected for NSW City Firsts, playing in one representative game in 1939.[1]

Military career and death

He joined the RAAF in 1941 and did not play rugby league again. He became a squadron leader and was shot down over Borneo on 5 July 1945, 5 days before his 31st birthday.[2]

References

  1. Alan Whiticker/Glen Hudson: The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. (1995 edition) ISBN 1875169571
  2. Sydney Morning Herald : 10 July 1945, page 8 "Jack Redman Killed"

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