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ID number P05859.007
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown (Photographer)
Date made November 1915 - April 1916


An unidentified sergeant of the 14th Battalion sits beside Company Sergeant Major Albert Jacka VC, 14th Battalion. On 19-20 May 1915, in an almost superhuman effort, Jacka successfully attacked the enemy soldiers who had occupied his trench. He did so single-handedly as those around him had already been killed or wounded. It was for this action that Jacka was awarded his Victoria Cross. Later in the war this extraordinary soldier performed more brave deeds, two of which are often described as being as important as that for which he received his Victoria Cross.