Captain Clarence Smith Jeffries

Ranks Held Captain, Second Lieutenant
Birth Date 26 October 1894
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Newcastle, Wallsend
Death Date 12 October 1917
Death Place Belgium: Flanders, West-Vlaanderen, Passchendaele
Final Rank Captain
Service Australian Imperial Force
Units
Places
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1917-12-18
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-04-18
Description

The 9th Australian Brigade suffered bitter losses in its ill-fated attack on Passchendaele on 12 October 1917. Before he became one of the officers killed there, Clarence "Jeff" Jeffries (1894-1917) had led attacks on German machine-gun posts, capturing several guns and killing or capturing their crews.

Jeffries was just 22 and his family was well known in the Newcastle region, where he had been a mining surveyor on the state's northern coalfields. After the war his father went to Belgium and for a while personally led an ultimately successful search for his grave.

Rolls

  • Roll of Honour:

    Unit
    34th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Captain
  • First World War Embarkation Roll:

    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Second Lieutenant
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    34th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Captain
    London Gazette
    18 December 1917 on page 13222 at position 1
    Commonwealth Gazette
    18 April 1918 on page 841 at position 3
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    34th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Captain

Timeline

Date of birth 26 October 1894
Date of embarkation 02 May 1916
Date of death 12 October 1917
Date of honour or award 12 October 1917 Awarded the Victoria Cross for action at Passchendale, Belgium whilst serving with 34 Battalion, 9 Brigade, 3 Division as a Captain.