A03408

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ID number A03408
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original half plate negative
Maker Unknown (Photographer)

Description

Studio portrait of Lance Corporal (L Cpl) (later Captain) Albert Jacka (later VC MC and bar) of the 14th Battalion. L Cpl Jacka was awarded the Victoria Cross for 'conspicuous bravery on the night of 19 and 20 May, 1915 at Courtney's Post, Gallipoli Peninsula.' He was holding a trench with four others, all of whom were killed or wounded, when it was attacked by seven Turkish soldiers. L Cpl Jacka defended the trench and killed all of the soldiers. He was the first Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross in the First World War. He later died of an illness on 17 January 1932.