b. 1892 Camberwell, Victoria, Australia. d. 28/04/1964 Busselton, Western Australia.
Born in the Melbourne suburb of Camberwell Sadlier attended University High School before his family moved to Western Australia while he was still a youth. They settled at Subiaco, Western Australia from where Sadlier, then employed as a commercial traveller, enlisted on 26 May 1915.
Sadlier first embarked on board HT Nestor, posted to the Australian Army Medical Corps and allotted as a reinforcement to 1st Australian General Hospital, with which he served at Heliopolis. In February 1916 he returned to Australia on nursing duty, and on 9 November he re-embarked, on board HMAT AT Argyllshire then as a reinforcement to 51st Battalion.
The 51st Battalion, Australian Imperial Force was raised at Tel-El-Kabir, Egypt, on 1 March 1916 from half of the 11th Battalion (veterans of the Gallipoli landing) and reinforcements of the 11th and 28th Battalions, all personnel being Western Australian volunteers. Sadlier joined the unit in France on 13 May 1917, was promoted to corporal a few days later and on 14 July 1917 was gazetted to a first appointment as a 2nd-lieutenant. Promotion to lieutenant came on 1 April 1918
On 24/25 April 1918 at Villers-Bretonneux, France, Lieutenant Sadlier's platoon had to advance through a wood where a strong enemy machine-gun post was causing casualties and preventing the advance. Although he was himself wounded, Lieutenant Sadlier at once collected his bombing section and led them against the machine-guns, killing the crews and capturing two of the guns. By this time his party were all casualties and alone he attacked a third enemy machine-gun with his revolver, killing the crew 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.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: ST GEORGES CATHEDRAL, PERTH, AUSTRALIA.
BURIAL PLACE: KARRAKATTA CEMETERY, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. (CREMATED)
Clifford Sadlier's medals including VC on display in St George's Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia. (picture: Wikipedia).
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
Sadlier's Victoria Cross as displayed in the Australian War Memorial in July 2017 where its now on loan.