Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Leslie Joseph James

Known as
Les 'Jack' James


29 June 1890

Place of birth
Geelong, VIC (3220)

22 October 1917 (aged 27)

Place of death
Belgium (Passchendaele)


Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 306d
Last game: 25y 53d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 6, 8

State of origin

Family links
Fred James (Brother)Syd James (Brother)

Les 'Jack' James

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1909-1911, 1913-191572140.1939%0
Total1909-1911, 1913-191572140.1939%0

AFL: 1,473rd player to appear, 3,240th most games played, 4,286th most goals kickedGeelong: 189th player to appear, 236th most games played, 355th most goals kicked

Capable of playing almost anywhere, Les James was pacy, assured and adept at winning the hard ball. His career with Geelong spanned the years 1909 to 1911 and 1913 to 1915, during which he played 72 games and scored 14 goals. For many years it was believed that he resumed his VFL career after the war, but in fact this was a reporting error, the sad truth being that he died at Passchendaele in 1917. 

Author - John Devaney


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