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Captain Clarence Smith Jeffries VC, 34th Battalion. AIF

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 13th October 2016 at 9:17 - Posted in Military Blogs

Captain Clarence Jeffries, 34th Battalion, Victoria Cross action at Passchendaele, Belgium. It was a posthumous award.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...
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The Boar's Head - 30th June 1916 - Southdowns in Action

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 30th June 2016 at 11:33 - Posted in Military Blogs

The Eastbourne Gazette on 2nd August 1916, had these two reports of the action at 'Boar's Head'.Southdowns in ActionLetter from Sergeant RowsellWriting from the V.A.D. Hospital, Fernlagul, Larkfield, near Maidstone on July 29th. Lance-Sergeant T.S. Roswell says:-“As an old Eastbourian I have been a reader of your valuable paper for some years and I received it weekly in the trenches before I was wounded. I belong to one of the Southdowns Battalions of the Royal Sussex Regiment and am able to tell...
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The Boar's Head - 30th June 1916 - The Wounded Officers Letter – “The Men Were Magnificent”

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 30th June 2016 at 11:32 - Posted in Military Blogs

This is another report in the Eastbourne Gazette on 19th July 1916. No name is given by the wounded officer, but his letter confirms the other reports without overemphasising the carnage of the attack.The Wounded Officers Letter – “The Men Were Magnificent”No warmer tribute to the splendid work of “Lowther’s Lambs” in the recent operation on the Western Front could be given than contained in a private letter by a wounded officer, who says:-“The men were magnificent; there is no doubt...
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The Boar's Head - 30th June 1916 - How The South Downs Fought - Eastbourne Hero

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 30th June 2016 at 11:30 - Posted in Military Blogs

Reports continued to filter into the newspaper about the fighting on 30th June 1916. The Eastbourne Gazette on 26th July 1916 contained these reports.The first is from a letter by Lieutenant Robinson where he writes about the heroism of CSM Nelson Carter who would later be posthumously awarded the V.C. for his actions during the battle."How the Southdowns FoughtEastbourne HeroLoses his life while rescuing comradesIn a private letter to a friend an Eastbourne officer, Lieutenant Harold C.T. Robinson,...
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The Boar's Head - 30th June 1916 - The South Downs Battalion

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 30th June 2016 at 7:40 - Posted in Military Blogs

On 30th June 1916 the Southdowns Battalions took a major part in their first battle. It was a diversionary operation at the village of Richebourg L’Avoue in northern France. A set piece battle had been planned to straighten out the line of a German position known as Boar’s Head.The first reports started to trickle back in early July 1916 together with the start of the Battle of the Somme which was further south. The casualties from the the Somme were enormous, in fact the 1st July 1916...
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Private John Carroll, V.C.

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 07th April 2016 at 21:14 - Posted in Military Blogs

Private John Carroll, 33rd Battalion, Victoria Cross action at St Yves (battle of Messines).Jack Carroll was born in Brisbane but grew up in Western Australia and worked around Kalgoorlie and nearby Karrawang. In 1916 he joined the AIF's 44th Battalion, but soon transferred to the 33rd. Messines was the battalion's first big action.Over the period of 7-10 June, during the battle at St Yves (near Messines), Carroll was outstanding: he rushed an enemy trench and killed...
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Private John Carroll, V.C.

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 25th March 2016 at 13:27 - Posted in Military Blogs

Private John Carroll, 33rd Battalion, Victoria Cross action at St Yves (battle of Messines).Jack Carroll was born in Brisbane but grew up in Western Australia and worked around Kalgoorlie and nearby Karrawang. In 1916 he joined the AIF's 44th Battalion, but soon transferred to the 33rd. Messines was the battalion's first big action.Over the period of 7-10 June, during the battle at St Yves (near Messines), Carroll was outstanding: he rushed an enemy trench and killed...
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Lieutenant Rupert Moon, V.C.

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 20th March 2016 at 10:16 - Posted in Military Blogs

Lieutenant Rupert Vance 'Mick' Moon, 58th Battalion, Victoria Cross action at Bullecourt.Rupert "Mick" Moon was born at Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, and grew up in Gippsland. He had been in the militia, and in 1914 enlisted in the light horse. He was sent to Gallipoli, then in September 1916 was commissioned and transferred to the 58th Australian Infantry Battalion to replace recent losses.At Bullecourt on the 12 May 1917, Moon led an attack on an enemy strongpoint but was soon wounded. Not...
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Sergeant Claud Charles Castleton, V.C.

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 09th March 2016 at 7:54 - Posted in Military Blogs

Sergeant Claud Charles Castleton, 5th Machine Gun Company, Victoria Cross action at Pozières, France.Born in England, Claud Castleton (1893-1916) arrived in Melbourne in 1912 seeking travel and adventure. For three years he toured Tasmania, the eastern states, and Papua. He was in Port Moresby when the First World War began, but in March 1915 returned to Sydney to enlist. He served on Gallipoli with the 18th Battalion and in March 1916 transferred...
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Sergeant William Ruthven, V.C.

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 04th March 2016 at 7:08 - Posted in Military Blogs

Sergeant William Ruthven, 22nd Battalion, Victoria Cross action at Ville-sur-Ancre, France.William "Rusty" Ruthven was born at Collingwood, Melbourne, and was a mechanic in the timber industry before enlisting in April 1915. After serving on Gallipoli he went to France, where he was wounded in April 1916.During an attack near Ville-sur-Ancre on 19 May 1918, Ruthven performed outstanding acts of bravery. He took command of a company after the officer commanding was wounded,...
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