Biography

Birth date: 15 January 1891
Birth place: Denmark: Nordjylland, Logstor
Death date: 31 May 1922
Death place: Australia: South Australia, Adelaide, St Peters
Final rank: Private
Service number: 2389 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 50th Australian Infantry Battalion

Joergen (Jorgan) Jensen was born in Denmark. He came to Australia as a young man and was naturalised in 1914. He enlisted in the 10th Battalion and was sent to Gallipoli in September 1915. Following the evacuation he transferred to the 50th Battalion.

In Noreuil, France, when an Australian advance was checked by a manned enemy barricade, Jensen threw in a bomb and rushed the post. He then threatened the occupants with two more bombs, having extracted the pin of one of them with his teeth, and forced their surrender. A prisoner was sent to a neighbouring enemy party to demand their surrender, but they were fired on by the Australians. Jensen stood up, ignoring the danger, and waved his helmet until the firing ceased. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his efforts, 2 April 1917.

On 5 May 1918, while on patrol near Villers-Bretonneux, Jensen was severely wounded and was eventually invalided to Australia. Still troubled by war injuries, he died in Adelaide in 1922.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 50th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 50th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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Timeline

Date of birth 1891-01-15
Other 1914 Naturalised as an Australian.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1915-03-23 Reinforcement to 10 Battalion.
Date wounded 1915-08 Wounded at Gallipoli.
Other units 1916-02 50 Battalion.
Date of honour or award 1917-04-02 Awarded Victoria Cross for action at Noreuil, France whilst serving with 50 Battalion, 13 Brigade, 4 Division as a Private
Date promoted 1917-04-04 Appointed Lance Corporal.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-04-10
Date promoted 1917-07 Appointed Corporal.
Date promoted 1917-11-05 Appointed Sergeant.
Date wounded 1918-05-05 Severely wounded on patrol near Villers-Bretonneux.
Date of discharge 1918-12-12
Date of death 1922-05-31