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21-May-2015
21-May-2015

Photographs supplied by Nancy Alford

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.

Location

Address:Cape Otway Road, Modewarre, 3240
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.263694
Long: 144.123436
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military

Dedication

Front Inscription

In memory of 465 Capt. Albert Jacka  V.C..  M.C. & Bar

14th Battalion 1st A.I.F.
(Jacka`s Mob)

Born at this property 1.10.1893

Lest We Forget

Erected by Winchelsea R.S.L. & Historical Society

Source: MA
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