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Fredrick Sampson JEFFERY

Regimental number2622
Place of birthGladstone, South Australia
SchoolAdelaide High School, South Australia
Other trainingUniversity of Adelaide, South Australia
OccupationShool teacher
AddressSolomontown, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Robert Joseph Jeffery, Solomontown, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed as a Cadet at Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, South Australia.
Enlistment date9 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 2 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWhile attending Kadina Public School he won an exhibition which was taken at Prince Alfred College. He then entered the Education Dept completing his pupil teacher's course at Adelaide High School. He had almost completed the BA course at Adelaide University. He was then appointed to the charge of the High School at Riverton Heater at Blumberg from which position he enlisted.
FateKilled in Action 25 July 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert Joseph and Selina JEFFERY, 35 Grey Terrace, Solomontown, South Austalia
Family/military connectionsCousin: 2261 Lance Corporal Harry Perce SAMPSON, 37th Bn, killed in action, 27 February 1917; Uncle: 213 Quartermaster Sergeant Fred SAMPSON, 1st Light Horse Regiment (served in South Africa War), was present at the landing at Gallipoli and was invalided home, 11 April 1916.

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