29 July 2007

Victoria Cross: A. Jacka


Lance-Corporal, 14th (Victoria) Battalion, Australian Imperial Force

Born: 10 January 1893, Winchelsea, Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery on the night of the 19th-20th May, 1915, at "Courtney's Post," Gallipoli Peninsula.
Lance-Corporal Jacka, while holding a portion of our trench with four other men, was heavily attacked. When all except himself were killed or wounded, the trench was rushed and occupied by seven Turks. Lance-Corporal Jacka at once most gallantly attacked them single-handed, and killed the whole party, five by rifle fire and two with the bayonet.

(London Gazette Issue 29240 dated 24 Jul 1915, published 23 Jul 1915.)

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