He was born 17th
November in Flemington, a suburb of
. There is still a dispute over the year he was born. The Olympic database
says that Carroll was born in 1892, and at 16 years and 286 days was therefore
the youngest man to be capped for
and the youngest ever to win an international cap. A birth certificate held in
the Australian Rugby Union archives gives Carroll's year of birth as 1887.
His family moved to
when he was young. He played for St. Aloysius College in
in 1903-05 and with the St. George club from 1906 to 1908. Recognising
Carroll’s talent, the experienced
George and Australian forward Harold Judd took the youngster under his wing. In
1908 Carroll made the State side against
and the touring Anglo-Welsh team.
He was part of the
Australian side to tour
in 1908-09 during which they won a gold medal at the Olympics for
when they beat
(who were representing
) in the rugby final at
stadium in Shepherd’s Bush
They won 32-3 with Carroll scoring two tries. This was
’s only gold medal during these Olympics. Carroll at
Danny Carroll in the 1908.
the 1908 Australian Olympic side
close-up of Danny Carroll in the 1908 Australian Olympic winning side
the only known surviving rugby gold medal from the 1908 Olympics
Australian side than played the
on 16th November1912. Carroll no.20. 1 Wogan, 2 Adamson, 3 George, 4
Fraser, 5 Jones, 6 Meibusch, 7 Flynn, 8 R.Hill, 9 Fahey, 10 Wylie, 11 Pugh, 12
Kent, 13 Murphy, 14 Dwyer, 15 Messenger, 16 Griffin, 17 Ward Prentice (Captain),
18 Dr Bohrsman (Manager), 19 Richards (Vice-Captain), 20 D.Carroll, 21 W.W.Hill,
22 Walker, 23 Cunningham, 24 Watson, 25 Tasker, 26 Dunbar, 27 Clarken.
It was during
this tour of North America with the Wallabies that Carroll decided to stay in
where he studied geology at Stanford but these were interrupted by the war. He
played in two test matches for
on 12th December 1908, when they lost 9-6, and the 1912 match
. He did play in several other matches for
against club sides and in the Olympics.
. 1. Watkins, 2. Blase, 3. Maloney, 4. Gard, 5. Clover, 6. Wilcox, 7. Urban, 8.
, 10. Carroll, 11. Brown, 12. Lachmund, 13. Davidson, 14. Darsie, 15. Peck, 16.
Andrews, 17. Erb, 18. Hall, 19. Reeves, 20. Tilton.
side that played
in 1913. Back Row (L-R): Daniel Brendon Carroll (Stanford University), Clark
Lewis Boulware (not used) (Stanford University), Haley (not used) (Stanford
University), William Pettigrew Darsie (Stanford University), Herbert Rowell
Stolz (replacement) (Stanford University), Brant (?) or Flemming (not used) (?),
Joseph C. Urban (Stanford University), A.Knowles (replacement) (?), Charles A.
Austin (Olympic), G.Voight (Santa Clara University), Frank Jacob Gard (Captain)
(Stanford University), Roland Roy Blase (Stanford University), William Norris
King (University of California). Front Row: Forbes (not used) (?), Stirling
Benjamin Peart (
), Joseph Louis McKim (
), G.Glasscock (Olympic), E.B.Hall (
), Benjamin Edward Erb (not used) (
), Louis Cass (
), Mowatt Merrill Mitchell (Los Angeles Athletic Club), Quill (not used) (
), J.A.Ramage (
Carroll at Stanford in 1917
the Stanford 1917 rugby team Back Row (L-R): Wallace, J.L.Reynolds, Boyle, Kyle,
Ring. Middle Row: Warren, Henderson, Adams, McClung. Front Row: L.R.Reynolds,
Worthy, Carroll, Erb, Ford.
War 1 he served in the American Army. He won the Distinguished Service Cross for
extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 364th Infantry Regiment, 91st
Division, A.E.F., near
, 28 September 1918. Although wounded in the arm in the attack of 26th
September Lieutenant Carroll gallantly led his platoon forward, under heavy
artillery and machine-gun fire, through the Bois-de-Cheppy. Later, while leading
his platoon in an attack near Neuve Grange Farm, he continued on until severely
wounded a second time. He also won the Purple Heart.
played rugby for the Australian Army in the King’s Cup tournament (a
mini-Rugby World Cup) in 1919
his studies at Stanford and graduated in 1920, aged 32.
He still played and coached rugby and because of his outstanding rugby
background, he was selected as player and coach of the
rugby Olympic squad for the 1920 Olympics in
where he earned a second gold medal for the
Olympic Team (L-R) Back Row: Wallace, Patrick, O’Neil, Fish, J Muldoon,
Fitzpatrick, Slater, Righter. Middle
Row: Meehan, Hazeltine, Maloney (trainer), Tilden (c), Carroll (pl/coach), W
Muldoon, von Schmidt, Scholz. Front Row: Wrenn, Doe, Hunter, Davis, Winston.
Missing: Templeton, Kirksey
He won 3 caps
from 1913 to 1920
He played in
three tests for the
in 1913, v France XV in the Olympic final and v
on 10th October 1920 when they lost 14-5.
side that played a French XV on 10th October 1920. The correct
players are Back Row (L-R): Templeton, Muldoon,
Wrenn, Winston, Kirksey, Scholz,
Davis, Carroll, Righter, Fish, Patrick, Tilden (captain), Hazeltine, C.Slater,
Fitzpatrick, Wallace. Front Row: Doe,
Hunter, Von Schmidt, Mehan,
O’Neil. (players names in
bold played in match. Vidal not in photo)
Stanford, Carroll furthered his education at
and the Royal School of Mines in
married Helen Warden from
in 1927, and had one son Daniel. His wife died in 1941 and he remarried.
playing days were over he promoted rugby throughout the
area and became a successful oil company executive
with Standard Oil.
For the last
35 years of his life Danny worked for the California Co. in
. At the time of his death he was a tax and insurance commissioner for the
company and lived in
Danny died on
5th August 1956 in
. After his death he ensured his rugby mementos were sent back to relatives in
. One of his gold medals is currently kept in a Sydney Bank Vault.
Service took place in
on 6th August 1956.