Biography

Birth date: 26 October 1894
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Newcastle, Wallsend
Death date: 12 October 1917
Death place: Western Front: Western Front (Belgium), Passchendaele Area, Passchendaele
Final rank: Captain
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of Death: 12 October 1917
  • Unit: 34th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 02 May 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 34th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 34th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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Date of birth 1894-10-26
Date of embarkation 1916-05-02
Date of death 1917-10-12
Date of honour or award 1917-10-12 Awarded the Victoria Cross for action at Passchendale, Belgium whilst serving with 34 Battalion, 9 Brigade, 3 Division as a Captain.