Clifford Tickner

Information about birth

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Place of birth:
Bungonia, New South Wales, Australia

General information


Army information

Australian Imperial Force
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Enlistment place:
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
 —  Australian Infantry, 53rd Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

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Place of death:
Butte, Polygon Wood, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Row: C
Grave: 2

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Private Clifford Tickner served in the Australian Infantry 53rd Battalion, part of the 14th Australian Brigade, of the 5th Australian Division. The Australian Infantry 53rd Battalion participated in the Battle of Polygon Wood on the 26th of September 1917. The 14th Australian Brigade attacked with the 53rd Battalion; the 56th and 55th Battalions were in support.
At 5.50 a.m., zero hour, the men of the 53rd advanced through Polygon Wood behind a creeping barrage. Their objective was the Butte in Polygon Wood. The advance went well and the Battalion rushed and captured a German strongpoint on the way. After slight fighting they managed to establish themselves on the Butte. Bombing parties were sent down the dugouts to clear the Butte. The objective was reached and cleared at 6.25 a.m. and the companies consolidated their positions under cover of a barrage. The attack was then taken up by the 56th and 55th Battalion. In order to consolidate their position the 53rd Battalion sent out several patrols in and around the Butte to deal with individual snipers and German positions.
The Battalion had consolidated in depth but owing to heavy shell fire on all back areas and heavy casualties the parties had to be brought forward to the Red Line.
Private Clifford Tickner fell during the Battle of Polygon Wood on the 26th of September 1917. According to witness testimonies in his Red Cross Wounded and Missing File Private Clifford Tickner was killed by a piece of shell during the capture of the Butte. He was initially buried at the Butte in Polygon Wood, close to where he fell. Clifford Ticknerā€™s remains were exhumed after the war and were interred in Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood.

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"The Third Ypres Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995, pg. 85-88.
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Australian War Memorial
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National Archives of Australia
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The Long, Long Trail
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War Diary A.I.F. 53rd Bn.
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