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
  • 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.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of Death: 12 October 1917
  • Unit: 34th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 2 May 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

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

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

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

Collection Items



Studio portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Clarence Smith Jeffries, 34th Battalion, of Wallsend, NSW. Born on 26 October 1897, Jeffries attended Dudley Public School and the Newcastle Collegiate and High schools before being apprenticed to his father as a mining engineer. In 1912 he joined the 14th...



Studio portrait of Captain Clarence Smith Jeffries VC, 34th Battalion. Captain Jeffries was awarded his Victoria Cross for his actions at Passchendaele, Belgium, on 12 October 1917. An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 30433, 18 December 1917, gives details of his bravery during the engagement...



The Last Post Ceremony commemorating the service of Captain Clarence Smith Jeffries VC, 34th Battalion (Infantry), First World War

The Last Post Ceremony is presented in the Commemorative area of the Australian War Memorial each day. The ceremony commemorates more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations and whose names are recorded on the Roll of Honour. At each ceremony the story behind...



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.