Jefferys, Cadet Ernest Howard (747)

No 6 Training Sqn AFC

Ernest Jefferys came from Lithgow and later lived in Kuring-gai, NSW. He was an Electrician, aged 19, and had served in the Senior Cadets (something which may explain the bayonet wound scar on his back) when he enlisted in the 2nd Infantry Battalion AIF at Sydney on 17 August 1914, before leaving Sydney on HMAT A23 Suffolk on 18 October. He served at Gallipoli, where he suffered a head wound during the fierce fighting of August 1915 and was evacuated, after which he was sent to England for treatment. After recovery, he returned to his unit in time to be sent to the Western Front, where he was promoted to Sergeant in May 1916 and then wounded in the
shoulder a year later.

He went to England for hospital treatment, and overstayed his leave after recovery, for which he was reduced to Corporal. In October he qualified as a wireless operator and then transferred to the AFC for pilot training in March 1918. After ground training, he was posted to No 6 Training Sqn for flying instruction.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Leighterton on 28 August 1918 while flying in Avro 504 D6 when it collided with Avro 504K D9282, flown by Lt C W Scott and 2Lt R L Cummings, who were also killed. At the time, Cdt Jefferys had accumulated just over 10 hours’ flying experience, of which only 1 hour and 20 minutes was solo.

Cdt E H Jefferys is buried at Leighterton Church Cemetery, Gloucestershire, England.

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