Frank Jefferson

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Francis Arthur Jefferson
Frank Jefferson VC.jpg
Frank Jefferson with his parents after receiving his medal.
Nickname(s) Frank
Born (1921-08-18)18 August 1921
Ulverston, Lancashire
Died 4 September 1982(1982-09-04) (aged 61)
Bolton, Lancashire
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1942–46
Rank Lance-Corporal
Unit Lancashire Fusiliers
Northamptonshire Regiment
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

Francis Arthur Jefferson VC (18 August 1921 – 4 September 1982) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. It was awarded for his actions at the Battle of Monte Cassino during the Italian Campaign of the Second World War.


Jefferson was 22 years old, and a fusilier in the 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

Depiction of Jefferson and the PIAT at the Fusilier Museum

On 16 May 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.[1]

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Jefferson later achieved the rank of lance-corporal.

The medal[edit]

Jefferson's VC was stolen from his mother's home in 1982 and has not been recovered.[2]


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