Herbert Harry Victor Jiffkins was the first soldier from Annandale to die in World War I.
Herbert lived at 43 Young Street and attended Village Church (then called St Aidan’s Annandale). Upon his enlistment at age 20, he was working as an engineer and had a young pregnant wife, Dorothy. He joined the 31st Infantry in September 1914 and one month later embarked from Sydney for the war.
Just days before the ANZAC landing, Herbert was reprimanded for leaving ranks without permission. He was absent from the “fall in” for the return to the ship on April 17, 1915. Eventually he did get on that ship and set off for Gallipoli - to die just over a week later.
He was in the 31st Infantry. Herbert was killed while pushing forward on the day of the ANZAC landing. As they were advancing, he was shot in the head and killed instantly.
He is commemorated at the Lone Pine Memorial at Gallipoli.
After the war his widow, Dorothy, lived at 23 Leichhard Street, Glebe.
After his death his parents planted a tree in his memory opposite their house in Young Street.
Herbert was one of the approximately 1200 Annandale men who served in World War I. Hear their stories and remember their sacrifice - join us on Anzac Day at Village Church at 9:30am as we 'Remember Annandale's Anzacs.'
Information taken from
The AIF Project (https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showUnit?unitCode=INF1CC)
Annandale on the Web (http://ramin.com.au/annandale/story4-1.shtml)
Australian War Memorial (https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1817062/)
Discovering ANZACS (http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/browse/records/278466)
Spirits of Gallipoli (http://www.spirits-of-gallipoli.com/families/files/JIFFKINS-HHV-Gen.pdf)
Trove Digitised Newspapers (http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/148727032)
War Memorials Register NSW (http://www.warmemorialsregister.nsw.gov.au/content/herbert-harry-victor-jiffkins)