1892 – 1917
As many Olympians did in the early editions of the Modern Olympic Games, Claude Ross, from the Malvern Harriers in Melbourne, financed his own way to compete in Stockholm 1912.
He didn’t have a standout athletics career prior to leaving for the Swedish capital but was keen to compete at the Olympics. He was eliminated in the first round heats of the 400 metres.
Ross enlisted in the very early days of World War I and saw action at Gallipoli. He later received a commission in the Royal Flying Corps and in August 1917 lost his life over France.