Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Forgotten Heroes - Captain Clarence Jeffries. V.C.

Captain Clarence Jeffries, 34th Battalion, Victoria Cross action at Passchendaele, Belgium It was a posthumous award.

The 9th Australian Brigade suffered bitter losses in its ill-fated attack on Passchendaele on 12 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 Newcastle region, where he had been a mining surveyor on the state's northern coalfields. After the war his father went to Belgium and for a while personally led an ultimately successful search for his grave.

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