Albert Jacka Biography
(Victoria Cross Winner)
Birthday: January 10, 1893 (Capricorn)
Born In: Winchelsea
Albert Jacka was an Australian military man hailed for his gallantry during the Gallipoli Campaign in World War I. For his bravery, he was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC), the highest decoration for gallantry that can be awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces. Jacka was the first Australian to be decorated with the VC during the World War I. He continued displaying exemplary bravery throughout the war and received further decorations. Born on a dairy farm as the son of a hard working farmer, he grew up to be an industrious young man who took up a job with the Victorian State Forests Department. When the World War I broke out, he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force and embarked on a rigorous training before being posted to fight in the Gallipoli Campaign. Already having gained the reputation of being a fearsome front-line soldier, he displayed great courage during a concerted Turkish effort to push the Australians into the sea. Following this incident he became a national hero and was awarded the Victoria Cross. After the war ended he became a businessman. However he never recovered from his war-time injuries and died at the relatively young age of 39.