Clarence Smith Jeffries VC

Clarence Smith Jeffries (26/10/1894 – 12/10/1917) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the first World War.

The Citation reads:

“Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries, late Australian Imperial Force

For most conspicuous bravery in attack, when his company was held up by enemy machine-gun fire from concrete emplacements. Organising a party, he rushed one emplacement, capturing four machine guns and thirty-five prisoners. He then led his company forward under extremely heavy enemy artillery barrage and enfilade machine-gun fire to the objective.

Later, he again organised a successful attack on a machine-gun emplacement, capturing two machine guns and thirty more prisoners. This gallant officer was killed during the attack, but it was entirely due to his bravery and initiative that the centre of the attack was not held up for a lengthy period. His example had a most inspiring influence.”

His body was exhumed from a battlefield grave on 14 September 1920, and re-buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Plot XL, Row E, Grave 1.

Clarence Smith Jeffries VC

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