Percy Marsh

Percy_MarshVigorous defender/utility who filled a variety of roles through a distinguished career. Originally from Victoria, he played for Queensland over an 11-year period from 1926-36 and skippered the Maroons in the 1933 carnival in Sydney. Had a break from Australian Football in 1929 when he played Rugby Union for the Reds. Was a premiership player at Brisbane who also played for Valleys and also represented Queensland in soccer.

Not only was he a champion sportsperson he was a champion bloke. He was a warm-hearted humanitarian who stayed behind with the wounded at Singapore Hospital in World War II.

Was transferred to Changi prison where he cared for the sick and dying. He was then taken on the Japanese Hell Ships to work in the coal mines. He sustained horrific injuries that were to scar him for life. This did not stop his involvement in the Surf Life Saving movement where he gave many years of service. His father George played 7 games for Collingwood in 1905.

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