26 October 1894
||Australia: New South Wales, Newcastle, Wallsend
12 October 1917
||Western Front: Western Front (Belgium), Passchendaele Area, Passchendaele
|Conflict: ||First World War, 1914-1918|
- 34 Battalion
- 9th Australian Infantry Brigade
- 34th Australian Infantry Battalion
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.