|Unit||53rd Australian Infantry Battalion|
|Object type||Black & white|
|Physical description||Black & white|
First World War, 1914-1918
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Studio portrait of 331 Sergeant (Sgt) Ernest Augustus Jentsch, 53rd Battalion from Petersham, ...
Studio portrait of 331 Sergeant (Sgt) Ernest Augustus Jentsch, 53rd Battalion from Petersham, NSW. A 22 year old clerk prior to enlisting on 13 June 1915, he embarked with the 11th Reinforcements of the 3rd Battalion from Sydney aboard HMAT Euripides on 2 November 1915. He was killed in action on 19 July 1916 at Fleurbaix, France. After the war his grave could not be located and he was commemorated on the VC Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France. In 2008 a burial ground was located at Pheasant Wood, France containing the bodies of 250 British and Australian soldiers including Pte Jentsch. All of the remains were reburied in the newly created Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery. At the time of the official dedication of the new cemetery on 19 July 2010, ninety-six of the Australians including Pte Jentsch had been identified through a combination of anthropological, archaeological, historical and DNA information. Work is continuing on identifying the other remains relocated from the burial ground and buried in the new cemetery as unknown soldiers.