Trotter / Bewsher Family (Ireland, England & Australia)

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  • ID: I583
  • Name: Percival George TROTTER
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1883 in Fitzroy VIC 1 2
  • Death: 27 AUG 1959 in Willagee WA 3
  • Burial: 31 AUG 1959 Fremantle WA
  • Military Service: BET 1914 AND 1918 First World War 4
  • Occupation: 1919 Private, Australian Army 5
  • Occupation: 1916 Lumper 6
  • Occupation: 1925 Stevedore 7
  • Occupation: 1931 Lumper 8
  • Residence: 1931 70 Ellen Street, Fremantle WA 8
  • Residence: 1916 85 Fitzgerald Terrace, South Fremantle WA 6
  • Residence: 1925 19 Howard Street, South Fremantle WA 7
  • Note:
    "Percy Trotter. Went to Western Australia." - letter, Jack and Edie Trotter 1987

    Percy Trotter played football for Fitzroy and made 'Team of the Century'. He went to Western Australia and won three Sandover Medals. - Pers.Comm. Liz Barber 2002

    Percy G. Trotter's football highlights included:
    - played for Fitzroy from 1901-1906, playing 109 games and kicking 145 goals.
    - playing in the VFL 1903 Grand Final runners up, Fitzroy,as a forwar
    - named as one of the best players in the VFL 1903 Grand Final;
    - playing in the VFL 1904 Grand Final premiership side for Fitzroy;
    - leading goal kicker at Premiership Club Fitzroy 1904 (36 goals)
    - playing in the VFL 1905 Grand Final premiership side for Fitzroy;
    - named the Player of the Year in 1905, an award which was essentially the equivalent of the modern Brownlow Medal.
    - playing in the WAFL 1911 Grand Final premiership side, East Fremantle as a forward;
    - playing in the WAFL 1912 Grand Final runners up, East Fremantle as a half-forward;
    See: WAFL-Grand Final Teams

    Percy played in the Australian football match held at the Queen's Club, London, before a crowd of 3,000 and in the presence of the Prince of Wales, on the last Saturday of October, 1916. This match was played between sides representing the 3rd Division and the Combined Training Units and was notable for the numerous top players on both sides. Padre C.J. Perry, vice-captain of Norwood (South Australia), led the Combined Training Units team, and Bruce Sloss, the former South Melbourne star and 1911 Champion of the Colony, captained the 3rd Division team.
    [Sources: Dale James Blair, Beyond the metaphor: football and war, 1914-1918, in Journal of the Australian War Memorial, Issue 28, 1996. View Article G. Hutchinson, Great Australian football stories, Viking O'Neil, 1983, pp. 6-8]

    He was nominated in 2001 as a member of the Fitzroy Football Club - 'Team of the Century'. Percy Trotter played for Fitzroy from 1901-1906, playing 109 games and kicking 145 goals.

    The citation reads:

    In 1905, Percy Trotter was named "Champion of the Season" by newspaper commentators. Percy played as a rover but with his magnificent marking and kicking with either foot he could be thrown into any position on the field and could overwhelm the opposition. Trotter at 1.76 metres (5' 9") and of compact build was an excellent close to the ground player allowing him to turn and dodge through the packs in amazing fashion. He was the Clubs leading goal kicker on four occasions and was instrumental in the successive Fitzroy premierships of 1904 and 1905. Jack Elder, the famous umpire of the day stated "Trotter in my own view was unchallenged then as a rover and the most accomplished player I have ever seen". Some people claim that Trotter was the best player of all time.

    See: The Age

    Father: George Thomas TROTTER b: 1858 in Collingwood VIC
    Mother: Mary BROOKMAN b: ABT 1860 in ? VIC

    Marriage 1 Annie Ethel MARTIN b: 1887 in Fitzroy VIC
    • Married: 1904 in ? VIC 9
    1. Has No Children Leslie George Henry TROTTER b: 1908 in Fitzroy South VIC

    1. 23434/1883
    2. Baptised: St Mark's, Fitzroy, VIC [GSV]
    3. 367/1959 Aged: 75
    4. Service Number: 5791 Pte Trotter, Percy George. 16th Battalion. 20-3-1916 RTA: 8-4-1919 [AWM Nominal Roll]
    5. WW1 Nominal Roll
    6. Electoral Roll: 1916 Fremantle, South Fremantle
    7. Electoral Roll: 1925 Fremantle, South Fremantle
    8. Electoral Roll: 1931 Fremantle, Fremantle
    9. 6343/1904
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