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William Oakford JEFFREY

Regimental number29874
Place of birthHobart, Tasmania
SchoolSt Joseph's Convent Catholic School, Hobart, Tasmania
Other trainingDraper's assistant
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTelegraph linesman
AddressWoodbridge, Channel, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, W Jeffrey, 99 Upper Goulburn Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Enlistment date14 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit nameHowitzer Brigade 120
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/136/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 3 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 16 August 1917

Croix de Guerre (French)

Recommendation date: 15 October 1918"

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularServed with the Australian Garrison Artillery and was a Corporal
FateDied of wounds 10 August 1918
Place of death or woundingHarbonnieres, France
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot VI, Row J, Grave No. 13), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Mary JEFFREY, 111 Forest Road, Hobart, Tasmania

Military Medal

'On the night of 13th/14th August 1917, North East of YPRES, his Battery was moving into a new position in the old 'NO MAN's LAND" much difficulty was experienced in getting the guns over old shell holes and very wet condition of the ground. Heavy Gas and H.E. bombardment was opened on the road and tracks where the Battery was at the time. His Officer collapsed from Gas-poisoning. This N.C.O. then arranged for his officer to be cared for. He then assumed command and completed the Task of placing the guns in position. he displayed great courage, initiative and resource.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Croix de Guerre (France)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 191
Date: 12 December 1918

Family/military connectionsCousin: 4083 Pte Albert James Gerard TAYLOR MM, 15th Bn, killed in action, 12 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, Croix de Guerre, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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