Victoria Crosses of 1917

12 July 2007 by Craig Tibbitts

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.

Murray, VC

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

Cherry, VC

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

Jensen, VC

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

Newland, VC

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

Kenny, VC

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

Whittle, VC

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.

Pope, VC

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

Howell, VC

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

Moon, VC

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

Grieve, VC

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

Carroll, VC

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

Inwood, VC

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

Birks, VC

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

Dwyer, VC

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

Bugden, VC

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

McGee, VC

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

Peeler, VC

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

Jeffries, VC

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