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Fred Marriott

Career : 1911
Debut : Round 11, 1911 vs South Melbourne, aged 25 years, 136 days
Carlton Player No. 259
Games : 2
Goals : 0
Last Game : Round 13, 1911 vs University, aged 25 years, 150 days
Height : 173 cm (5 ft. 8 in.)
Weight : 68 kg (10 stone, 9 lbs.)
DOB : 14 February, 1886


An experienced defender from Werribee, Fred Marriott, who was born in Malvern, was 25 years old when he was attracted to Carlton in 1911, the first year of openly-professional VFL football. He made his senior debut on a half-back flank against South Melbourne at the Lake Oval on the first Saturday in July, in a match the Blues lost by 15 points. He was then left out of the side for the following week’s game against Fitzroy, before being reinstated for the round 13 meeting with University at Princes Park.

Carlton needed a percentage-boosting win against the last-placed Students to hold on to third spot on the ladder, but had to be content with a 44-point margin at full time. Fred played out that match in a back pocket, and earned himself a minor place in Carlton’s history that afternoon - because University’s final score of 2.10.(22) was their lowest ever recorded against the Blues. Even so, Marriott departed from Princes Park soon afterward, for reasons not revealed.

Fred was employed as an engineering survey assistant when World War 1 began in 1914. When he volunteered for overseas service, his experience saw him assigned to a specialised unit; the Australian Electrical Mining and Boring Company. For two years after his arrival at the front line in France in September 1917, Marriott was engaged in the construction of rail tunnels, bridges and fortifications in the main battle zones.

While carrying out in their dangerous work, the engineers of both sides were regularly targeted by artillery fire - but Fred was among the lucky ones who survived intact. He returned home to Australia in August 1919, and settled back into civilian life until 1939, when Germany invaded France again and World War II began.

By then, Marriott was living and working outside Cairns in North Queensland. It was June, 1941 before he made it into town to sign up again, but that didn’t hold him back. Although he was 55 years old, he was assigned to the area staff of the 51st Infantry Battalion, and promoted to the rank of Corporal before being honourably discharged one year later.

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