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.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 25 June 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Fremantle

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 25 June 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Fremantle

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 09 November 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Fremantle

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: 51st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 51st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

044844

VICTORIA CROSS WINNERS FROM THE BOER WAR AND WORLD WAR 1 WHO GATHERED TO MARCH IN THE SYDNEY ANZAC DAY PARADE. BACK ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: LIEUTENANT (LIEUT.) J. ROGERS, SERGEANT (SGT) R. R. INWOOD, BRIGADIER A. S. BLACKBURN, SGT J. W. WHITTLE, SGT S. R. MCDOUGALL, MAJOR E. T. TOWNER, CAPTAIN (CAPT) A....

044844

D00022

Informal portrait of Lieutenant Clifford William King Sadlier VC, 51st Battalion. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for action in the second battle for Villers-Bretonneux on 24 April-25 April 1918. Note the four service stripes on the right sleeve.

D00022

P02939.029

Portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Clifford William King Sadlier VC, 51st Battalion. Lt Sadlier was awarded the Victoria Cross for "conspicuous bravery during a counter-attack, by his battalion on strong enemy positions" on 24 - 25 April 1918 at Villers Bretonneux, France. Lt Sadlier, although wounded,...

P02939.029

Art

Night attack by 13th Brigade on Villers-Bretonneux

Depicts dramatic action occuring at night at Villers-Bretonneux on ANZAC Day (25 April 1918). In that action are Cliff Sadlier, from Perth, WA, who was awarded the Victoria Cross and Charlie Stokes, from Subiaco, WA who was awarded the DCM. Through the trees, on the far horizon, the remaining...

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Private Record

Timeline

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