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.

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 50th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 50th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Photograph

072966

Port Melbourne, Vic. 1918. Australian Victoria Cross winners from World War 1 invited by the Prime Minister of Australia, The Honourable W. M. Hughes, to return home to assist in a recruiting campaign. The photograph was taken as the ship HMAT Medic was berthing. The identified men are, from the...

072966

131849

ADELAIDE, SA. 1946-09-26. GRAVE OF 2389 CORPORAL J. C. JENSEN VC, DIED 1922-05-31, SHOWING UNIT COLOUR PATCH AND STANDARDISED LAYOUT OF TABLET, AT THE WAR CEMETERY, WEST TERRACE.

131849

D00020

Informal portrait of 2389 Corporal Joergen Cristian Jensen VC, 50th Battalion (late 10th Battalion). He was awarded the Victoria Cross as a Private for most conspicuous bravery and initiative when, with five comrades, he attacked a barricade behind which were about forty five of the enemy and a...

D00020

H06203

PORTRAIT OF 2389 CORPORAL JOERGEN CHRISTIAN JENSEN VC, 50TH BATTALION (LATE 10TH BATTALION). JENSEN, BORN AT LOEGSTOER DENMARK IN 1891, HAD MIGRATED TO SOUTH AUSTRALIA IN 1909.

H06203

H06203A

Portrait of 2389 Corporal Joergen Cristian Jensen VC, 50th Battalion (late 10th Battalion). He was awarded the Victoria Cross as a Private for most conspicuous bravery and initiative when, with five comrades, he attacked a barricade behind which were about forty five of the enemy and a machine gun...

H06203A

H00175

A montage of nine portrait photographs taken at Westham camp. In the centre is a group portrait of fifteen Australian soldiers and is surrounded by individual portraits of eight of the men who are in the group portrait all of whom had been awarded the Victoria Cross (VC). The central group...

H00175

P02939.016

Portrait of Corporal (Cpl) Jorgan Christian Jensen VC, 50th Battalion. Cpl Jensen was awarded the Victoria Cross as a private for "most conspicuous bravery and initiative when, with five comrades, he attacked a barricade behind which were about forty-five of the enemy and a machine gun" on 2 April...

P02939.016

P00398.001

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, 1918-10. ABOARD THE TROOP TRANSPORT 'MEDIC' TEN VICTORIA CROSS WINNERS OF THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE WHO WERE INVITED BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA, W.M. HUGHES, TO RETURN TO AUSTRALIA TO ASSIST IN A RECRUITING CAMPAIGN. BACK ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: SGT. W. PEELER,...

P00398.001

Private Record

Crooke, Cyril Ednott (Lieutenant, b.1892 - d.1965)

Collection relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Cyril Ednott Crooke, Australian Flying Corps (AFC). Collection consists of a leather bound sketch book featuring detailed water colour paintings produced between 4 March 1918 and 24 September 1918. It depicts aeroplanes, troopships,... Maker: Crooke, Cyril Ednott

3DRL/2497 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Sketch book of Cyril Ednott Crooke, 1918

Sketch book relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Cyril Ednott Crooke, Australian Flying Corps. The bound leather drawing book features detailed water colour paintings produced between 4 March 1918 and 24 September 1918. It depicts aeroplanes, troopships, Leeds Castle, Australian...

RCDIG0000352

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