Clifford William King SADLIER

Regimental number2858
Place of birthCamberwell, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCommercial traveller
AddressSubiaco, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 9.5"
Weight129 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas George Sadlier, c/o Goode, Durrant Ltd., Grenfell Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Enlistment date25 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 May 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 August 1918

Victoria Cross

'For conspicuous bravery during a counter attack by his battalion on strong enemy positions. Lieutenant Sadlier's platoon, which was on the left of the battalion, had to advance through a wood where a strong enemy machine gun post caused casualties and prevented the platoon from advancing. Although himself wounded, he at once collected his bombing section, led them against the machine guns, and succeeded in killing the crews and capturing two of the guns. By this time, Lieutenant Sadlier's party were all casualties, and he alone attacked a third enemy machine gun with his revolver, killing the crew of four and taking the gun. In doing so, he was again wounded. The very gallant conduct of this officer was the means of clearing the flank and allowing the battalion to move forward, thereby saving a most critical situation. His coolness and utter disregard of danger inspired all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

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