The Changi Brownlow
In an attempt to raise morale amongst the Prisoners of War within the Changi Camp in Singapore, many sports competitions were conducted.
The last football game played due to the rising injury toll was conducted on 24 January 1943. This final game was contested between Victoria and ‘The Rest’. Prior to the commencement of the game a makeshift Brownlow Medal was presented to the Best and Fairest player of the series. The winner of the medal was Corporal L.A. ‘Peter’ Chitty (though the engraving has him recorded as being a Sergeant). The match was fiercely contested with a record crowd in attendance, the final scores being Victoria 14-9: 93 defeated ‘The Rest’ 10-5: 65.
Want to know more: read Roland Perry’s book ‘The Changi Brownlow’
Source: Australian War Memorial Website