Unique IDCWGC/8/1/4/1/1/107
File NumberAA39769
TitleCaptain CLARENCE SMITH JEFFRIES - TYNE COT CEMETERY - Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

CWGC_8_1_4_1_1_107 (AA39769).pdf

DescriptionFile of correspondence concerning the grave of Captain Clarence Smith Jeffries VC in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium. Main topics include enquiry from next of kin regarding registration of grave and request for a photograph and a wreath to be placed on the grave. Correspondence regarding the exhumation and reburial of an unknown Australian captain subsequently identified as Captain Jeffries in Tyne Cot Cemetery. Correspondence regarding requirement to update the particulars on cross in preparation for a visit by one of Captain Jeffries’ relatives to Tyne Cot. Correspondence with the Ypres League regarding the addresses of next of kin of posthumous Victoria Cross recipients. Correspondence regarding return of final verification form by next of kin with observation that either a Cross or a Star of David could be engraved. Further correspondence regarding next of kin’s approval of headstone layout with Victoria Cross and the choice of a personal inscription. Later correspondence concerning member of public’s enquiry into the location of the graves of Private J.H. Dennis and Captain C.S. Jeffries.
Content NoteIncludes: Handwritten letter from next of kin enquiring whether Captain Jeffries’ grave was registered and requesting for a photograph of the grave to be sent to them and a wreath placed on the grave, dated 19 November 1917. Note to Director of Records from Lieutenant H.F. Coleman of the Australian Graves Services regarding exhumation of the remains of an unknown Australian captain from Sheet 28. D. 11. c. 5.5. on 14 September 1920 and reburial into Grave 1 Row E Plot 40 in Tyne Cot Military Cemetery, with recommendation that the unknown be identified as Captain Jeffries based on the evidence found, dated 1 March 1921. Letter from Colonel G.T. Brierley writing on behalf of Sir William Pulteney and the Ypres League requesting the addresses of the next of kin of VC’s named in enclosed list, with two-page list of thirty-three casualties who were awarded posthumous Victoria Crosses, dated 21 August 1923. Response to Colonel Brierley providing information on VCs, dated 30 August 1923. Note from Enquiries Branch regarding return of final verification form by Captain Jeffries’ next of kin with observation that it would be optional to engrave a Cross or Star of David on the headstone and that no personal inscription was chosen, dated 25 April 1924. Note regarding next of kin’s approval of headstone layout and choice of personal inscription, dated 1 August 1924.
Date19/11/1917 - 23/6/1932
Extent1 file
ArchNoteFile reference on original file cover is given as 'AA 61/39769'. Original file cover disintegrated. Repackaged by Michael Greet (Archive Assistant) on 21 February 2019.
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