Captain CLARENCE SMITH JEFFRIES
Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
Died 12 October 1917
Age 23 years old
XL. E. 1.
- Country of Service Australian
- Awards Victoria Cross
- Additional Info Son of Joshua and Barbara Jeffries, of Abermain, New South Wales. Native of Wallsend, New South Wales.
- Personal Inscription ON FAMES ETERNAL CAMPING >>> GROUND THEIR SILENT TENTS ARE SPREAD
- Additional Citation note
An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 30433, dated 18th Dec., 1917, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery in attack, when his company was held up by enemy machine-gun fire from concrete emplacements. Organising a party, he rushed one emplacement, capturing four machine guns and thirty-five prisoners. He then led his company forward under extremely heavy enemy artillery barrage and enfilade machine-gun fire to the objective. Later, he again organised a successful attack on a machine-gun emplacement, capturing two machine guns and thirty more prisoners. This gallant officer was killed during the attack, but it was entirely due to his bravery and initiative that the centre of the attack was not held up for a lengthy period. His example had a most inspiring influence."
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