Lugton was a promising young cricketer with Northcote when war broke out. Only 21 when he enlisted, he had already established himself as the club’s best player and had represented Victoria at First Class level. After serving at Gallipoli, Lugton was sent to fight in France. It was there, in July of 1916 that he was killed in active service at Pozieres. At the time he was the first Victorian State cricketer to perish in the Great War, and in all one of seven Northcote Cricket Club players to die in service of their country. Tragically Frank Lugton’s brother, Archibald, another Northcote cricketer, also died on the battlefield.
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