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Albert Jacka
Albert Jacka

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Tombstone marks the grave of Captain Albert Jacka VC (Victoria Cross), once Mayor of St Kilda who died in 1932, and 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 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:Dandenong Road, St. Kilda Cemetery, St Kilda East, 3183
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.865556
Long: 144.975
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Front Inscription

Captain Albert Jacka V.C., M.C. and Bar 14th Battalion A.I.F., the first Australian Victoria Cross winner in the Great War 1914-1918; a gallant soldier; an honoured citizen; died 17th January 1932, aged 39 years

Source: MA,VMR,ADB,RHSV
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