Thursday 12 July 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 1 comment
To Flanders Fields, 1917, Frontline troops

Victoria Cross Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross is the highest British and Commonwealth award for acts of bravery in wartime. In the First World War 64 Australians were awarded this medal. During the battles of 1917 on the Western Front eighteen Australians won the Victoria Cross.

Captain Henry William (Harry) Murray (13th Infantry Battalion, 4th Division AIF). 4-5 February 1917, at Stormy Trench, NE of Gueudecourt, France. View recommendation

Captain Percy Herbert Cherry (26th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Division AIF). 26 March 1917, at Lagnicourt, France. View recommendation

Private Joergen Christian Jensen (50th Infantry Battalion, 4th Division AIF). 2 April 1917, at Noreuil, France. View recommendation

Captain James Ernest Newland (12th Infantry Battalion, 1st Division AIF). 7-9 April & 15 April 1917, West of Boursies and at Lagnicourt, France. View recommendation Part 1. Part 2

Private Thomas James Bede Kenny (2nd Infantry Battalion, 1st Division AIF). 9 April 1917, at Hermies, France.View recommendation.

Sergeant John Woods Whittle (12th Infantry Battalion, 1st Division AIF). 9-15 April 1917, near Boursies and Lagnicourt, France. View recommendation Part 1. Part 2.

Lieutenant Charles Pope (11th Infantry Battalion, 1st Division AIF). 15 April 1917, at Louverval, France.View recommendation

Corporal George Julian Howell (1st Infantry Battalion, 1st Division AIF). 6 May 1917, near Bullecourt, France. View recommendation Part 1. Part 2.

Lieutenant Rupert Vance Moon (58th Infantry Battalion, 5th Division AIF). 12 May 1917, near Bullecourt, France. View recommendation Part 1. Part 2.

Captain Robert Cuthbert Grieve (37th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Division AIF). 7 June 1917, at Messines, Belgium. View recommendation

Private John Carroll (33rd Infantry Battalion, 3rd Division AIF). 7-10 June 1917, at St Yves (near Messines), Belgium. View recommendation

Private Reginald Roy Inwood (10th Infantry Battalion, 1st Division AIF). 20-21 September 1917, at Polygon Wood, near Ypres, Belgium. View recommendation

Second Lieutenant Frederick Birks (6th Infantry Battalion, 1st Division AIF). 20 September 1917, at Glencourse Wood, near Ypres, Belgium. View recommendation

Sergeant John James Dwyer (4th Machine Gun Company, 4th Division AIF). 26 September 1917, at Zonnebeke, near Ypres, Belgium. View recommendation

Private Patrick Joseph Bugden (31st Infantry Battalion, 5th Division AIF). 26-28 September 1917, at Polygon Wood, near Ypres, Belgium. View recommendation

Sergeant Lewis McGee (40th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Division AIF). 4th October 1917, at Broodseinde, near Ypres, Belgium. View recommendation

Lance Corporal Walter Peeler (3rd Pioneer Battalion, 3rd Division AIF). 4th October 1917, at Broodseinde, near Ypres, Belgium. View recommendation

Captain Clarence Smith Jeffries (34th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Division AIF). 12th October 1917, near Passchendaele, Belgium. View recommendation

Online biographical details of all Australian Victoria Cross holders are featured on the

Australian Dictionary of Biography

Comments

Derrick Smith

My Grandfather served through the 1sr World War in the Royal Horse Artillery, and was gassed, his lungs never did recover. It was a chargeable offence not to put on the horse's gas mask before your own. Horses were in shorter supply than men! In retrospect the war was a fight between direct cousins, the German Kaiser and our own King. A family feud which wiped out a generation of men on both sides.