The Len Hall – Dockers football match will be held on Saturday April 27th as part of our ANZAC Day commemoration.
Over the years since the Australian Army Museum of WA has had a relationship with the Fremantle Football Club (The Dockers), it has primarily been a fundraising activity for the benefit of the museum with AAMWA volunteers (and their family and friends), “rattling tins” outside the football stadium prior to the game.
This football game for the Dockers is an ANZAC Day commemorative event that they have called “The Len Hall Game” (Len Hall being the last 1st AIF 10th Light Horse Regiment veteran). It is therefore held the closest Saturday to ANZAC Day.
While the museum volunteers look after the fundraising, the museum Army staff, especially the Museum Manager, Major Henry Fijolek, arrange the Australian Defence Force (ADF) pre-game ceremonial support. This comprises an Honour Guard of some 30 soldiers, a guard commander, a senior ADF officer to take the salute, a bugler (for the Last Post), a singer (for the National Anthem) and 4 cadets (for the flag guards).
The Army staff have also been asked over the years to provide Australian military history guidance to support annual special military anniversaries that the Dockers have chosen to commemorate.