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Jorgen Christian JENSEN

Regimental number2389
Date of birth1881
Place of birthLogston, Denmark
Other NamesJENSEN, Joergen
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 8.75"
Weight159 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Christina Sorensen, Logstoumark, Denmark
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 March 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 23 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 August 1918
Medals

Victoria Cross

'For most conspicuous bravery and initiative when, with five comrades, he attacked a barricade, behind which were about 45 of the enemy and a machine gun. One of his party shot the gunner, and Private Jensen, single handed, rushed the post, and threw in a bomb. He had still a bomb in one hand, but taking another from his pocket with the other hand he drew the pin with his teeth, and by threatening the enemy with two bombs and by telling them that they were surrounded, he induced them to surrender. Private Jensen then sent one of his prisoners to order a neighbouring enemy party to surrender, which they did. This latter party was then fired on in ignorance of their surrender by another party of our troops, whereupon Private Jensen, utterly regardless of personal danger, stood on the barricade, waved his helmet caused the firing to cease, and sent his prisoners back to our lines. Private Jensen's conduct throughout was marked by extraordinary bravery and determination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Discharge date12 December 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Medic', 24 August 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 11 October 1918, for overland travel by train to Adelaide; discharged, 12 December 1918.

Medals: Victoria Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as Jorgan Christian JENSON.
Date of death31 May 1922
Age at death31
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Row 4 W, Grave 3), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, JENSEN Jorgen Christian

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