Captain Clarence Jeffries, 34th Battalion, Victoria Cross action at
It was a posthumous award. Passchendaele, Belgium
The 9th Australian Brigade suffered bitter losses in its ill-fated attack on Passchendaele on
October 1917. Before he became one of the officers killed there,
Clarence "Jeff" Jeffries had led attacks on German machine-gun posts,
capturing several guns and killing or capturing their crews.
Jeffries was just 22 and his family was well known in the
region, where he had been a mining surveyor on the state's northern coalfields.
After the war his father went to Newcastle
and for a while personally led an ultimately successful search for his grave. Belgium