Biography

Birth date: 11 June 1892
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Camberwell
Death date: 28 April 1964
Death place: Australia: Western Australia, Busselton
Final rank: Lieutenant
Service number: 4871 - First World War, 1914-1918
2858 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 51 Battalion
  • 51st Australian Infantry Battalion

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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 25 June 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Fremantle
  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 25 June 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Fremantle
  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 09 November 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Fremantle
  • Recommended for: Military Cross
  • Unit: 51st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 51st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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Date of birth 1892-06-11
Date of embarkation 1915-06-25
Date of embarkation 1916-11-09
Date of honour or award 1918-04-25 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 1918-05-05
Date of death 1964-04-28