Lieutenant Clifford William King Sadlier

Service number 4871, 2858
Ranks Held Lieutenant, Private
Birth Date 11 June 1892
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Camberwell
Death Date 28 April 1964
Death Place Australia: Western Australia, Busselton
Final Rank Lieutenant
Service Australian Imperial Force
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Biographical information They dared mightily. in 1963
Published in London Gazette in 1918-07-11
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-11-27

Melbourne-born Clifford Sadlier (1892-1964) served overseas twice; the first time in Egypt with the medical corps, then in France as an infantryman. Commissioned in 1917, Sadlier was inspirational in the counter-attack at Villers-Bretonneux. Although wounded, he led attacks against enemy machine-gun positions. At one point he assaulted a gun by himself while armed only with a revolver. Wounded a second time, he was finally removed from the action.

For a time after the war, Sadlier was state secretary of the RSL in Western Australia.



Date of birth 11 June 1892
Date of embarkation 25 June 1915
Date of embarkation 09 November 1916
Date of honour or award 25 April 1918 Awarded Victoria Cross, for action at Villers Bretonneux, France whilst serving with 51 Battalion, 13 Brigade, 4 Division as a Lieutenant
Date of recommendation honour or award 05 May 1918
Date of death 28 April 1964