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Private William  Currey VC+ Captain Clarence Jeffries Memorial Wall
Private William Currey VC+ Captain Clarence Jeffries Memorial Wall

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A wall commemorates Captain Clarence Jeffries and Private William Currey who each were awarded the Victoria Cross for their actions in World War One and is dedicated to the servicemen and women whose names appear on the wall.

The memorial consists of a brick wall with 5 large brass plaques for the names of those who served from Newcastle. In the centre is a plaque to Currey VC & Jeffries VC. In addition there are 100 small individual brass plaques dedicated to individual servicemen installed by the families. Immediately in front of the wall is a black stone obelisk with the words in white 'Lest We Forget' and a white cross.

Clarence Smith Jeffries VC  was posthumously decorated with the Victoria Cross following his actions in the First Battle of Passchendaele during the First World War, in which he led several parties of men in an attack that eventuated in the capture of six machine guns and sixty-five prisoners, before being killed himself by machine gun fire.

Private Currey was awarded the Victoria Cross for his part in the Australian attack at Péronne on 1 September 1918. The 53rd Battalion began taking heavy casualties early in the day, Currey`s company in particular suffering from a 77 mm field-gun firing at very close range. Currey rushed forward under machine-gun fire, killed the whole crew and captured the weapon. When in mid-afternoon the battalion encountered intense fire from a strong point, he worked round the flank of the position and opened fire with a Lewis-gun before rushing the post, inflicting many casualties and dispersing the survivors. On 16 May 1941 he stood as Labor candidate for Kogarah in the Legislative Assembly. He won the seat, thereby becoming the first V.C. winner to enter the New South Wales parliament. He was twice re-elected—in 1944 and 1947.

Location

Address:Maitland Road, Sandgate Cemetery , Sandgate, 2304
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.870487
Long: 151.70591
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Monument Designer:EJE Architecture /Mike Craig
Monument Manufacturer:Edstein Creative Stone / R. F. Gates
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 16th April, 2000
Front Inscription

                        THE
CAPT. CLARENCE SMITH JEFFRIES (V.C.)
      born 26.10.1894 at Wallsend
Killed in action 12.10.1917 Passchendaele, Belgium
                    age 22
                      AND
PTE. WILLIAM MATTHEW CURREY (V.C.)
    born 19.9.1895 at Wallsend
              died 20.4.1948
                   age 52
        MEMORIAL WALL

This memorial wall is dedicated to remembering the hardship
and sacrifices made by these Australian men and women
whose GALLANTRY has become LEGENDARY.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

Inscription in Proximity

SANDGATE CEMETERY TRUST
To commemorate the official opening and dedication of
THE CAPT CLARENCE SMITH JEFFRIES VC
                      AND
PTE WILLIAM MATTHEW CURREY VC
           MEMORIAL WALL
           16th April 2000
                       by
EDWARD KENNA VC and KEITH PAYNE VC
Sandgate Cemetery Trust  (Names)
Newcastle RSL Council  (Names)
Designer /  EJE Architecture /Mike Craig
Clergy (Names)
Researchers (Names)
Stonemasons/  Edstein Creative Stone / R. F. Gates
'Sandgate Cemetery' / Bill Saxby (General Manager

Source: SKP, NRWM,MA,ADB
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