b. 18/08/1921 Ulverston, Cumbria. d. 04/09/1982 Bolton, Lancashire.
Jefferson was 22 years old, and a fusilier in the 2nd Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On May 16, 1944, during an attack on the Gustav Line, Monte Cassino, Italy, the leading company of Fusilier Jefferson's battalion had to dig in without protection. The enemy counter-attacked opening fire at short range, and Fusilier Jefferson on his own initiative seized a PIAT gun and, running forward under a hail of bullets, fired on the leading tank. It burst into flames and its crew were killed. The fusilier then reloaded and went towards the second tank which withdrew before he could get within range. By this time, British tanks had arrived and the enemy counter-attack was smashed.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: STOLEN FROM HIS MOTHER'S HOUSE IN 1982. .
BURIAL PLACE: OVERDALE CREMATORIUM, BOLTON, LANCASHIRE.
ASHES SCATTERED IN MEMORIAL GARDEN AT WELLINGTON BARRACKS, BURY, LANCS.
Jefferson Block, IBS Brecon, Dering Lines
Coronation Hall, Ulverston, Cumbria
Painting by Rushton
Lancashire Fusiliers Museum