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A monument commemorates Captain Albert Jacka who was the first Australian Victoria Cross winner in World War One.
Jacka met his destiny at ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli Peninsula early in the morning of the 19th May, 1916. At 4 am the Turks attacked along the entire line and rushed Jacka`s trench. His three companions were hit but Jacka returned fire and organised a counter attack. While others distracted the enemy, he single-handedly attacked the Turks from the flank, shooting five and bayoneting two.
Receiving the first Victoria Cross awarded to the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) Jacka became an instant national hero. He was eventually promoted to the rank of Captain. In 1916 at Poziers, France, Jacka received the Military Cross for what was described by war historian C.E.W Bean as "the most dramatic and effective act of individual audacity in the history of the A.I.F". On 7 August Germans attacked his dugout killing two soldiers. Jacka counter-attacked furiously with his platoon rescuing forty Australians being rounded up as prisoners, capturing fifty Germans and retaking the line.
|Address:||Cape Otway Road, Modewarre, 3240|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -38.263694|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
In memory of 465 Capt. Albert Jacka V.C.. M.C. & Bar
14th Battalion 1st A.I.F.
Born at this property 1.10.1893
Lest We Forget
Erected by Winchelsea R.S.L. & Historical Society