25 June 1916
- 18-year-old John William Alexander Jackson from Hay wins the first Victoria Cross to be awarded to an Australian serviceman in France. Jackson displays a “splendid example of pluck and determination” when he captures a German prisoner and rescues several men at Bois Grenier, near Armentieres, despite having his arm shattered by an exploding shell. (His arm was later amputated). Jackson remains the youngest Australian to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
- Allied bombardments continue along the Somme
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