John Francis [Frank] Murray Bannigan, was born at Murray Bridge, South Australia, on 6 December 1890. He enlisted at Morphettville on 19 August 1914 and served with the 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. He became a prisoner of war at Lagnicourt, France, on 15 April 1917 and was held at Soltau prisoner of war camp where he was president of the British Help Committee. He was repatriated in January 1919 and returned to Australia in March 1919. He died at Kensington Park, South Australia, on 26 October 1947 and is buried at North Road Cemetery.
The Advertiser obituary for Brannigan published 28 October 1947, page 3, recorded; Mr. J.F.M. (Pug) Bannigan, of Kensington Park, who died on Monday at the age of 55 was a prominent league footballer for Sturt before World War I. He played for Sturt from 1908 to 1914, and was captain for a time. Enlisting in the AIF early in the war, he was later taken prisoner. He returned to the Sturt team for a few matches in 1920 and was a rover for Sturt in the days of the great Cumberland-Dunn ruck combination."
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