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Trooper Australian Jensen

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Australian Peter Jensen

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1880

Ancestor's date of death: 27/10/1916

Cause of Death: Killed In Action WW1

Service Number: 442

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Sydney

Unit: B Squdron NSW Imperial Bushman

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): CPL, Date Effective: 07/09/1916

Murray Page: 95 - 155

Contingent: Fourth NSW Contingent

Ship: Amenian, Date of Sailing: 23/04/1900

Memorial details: Grass Lane Gueudecort (AIF Burial Ground), Flers, France (Plot 1 Row K Grave 15).

Decorations: QSA with clasps. CC, OFS, Rhodesia, KSA with 2 Clasps, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Personal Characteristics: Height: 1.63 m, weight: 63.5 kg (1916).

Reasons to go and fight: Patroitism

Details of service in war: Relief of Elands River, Buffels Hoek, lichtenberg, Klerksdorp, Magalisburg Valley, Veldfontein, Wittepoort, Pagmietfontein. Part of 2nd Brigade Rhodesian Field Force including New Zealanders. Australian Peter Jensen enlisted initially in the NSW Imperial Bushmen in 1900. At the end of his service in that unit with a number of his colleagues he became part of the 3rd NSW Imperial Bushmen being raised at Klerksdorp retaining his original serial number. Following his discharged from that unit in South Africa on the 5th May 1902 he joined the Orange River Scouts as #43789 Trooper Jensen on 16/5/1902 and served with that unit until it was disbanded on 30th June 1902. He then states that he served with the Kimberley Special Police. This unit is not immediately identifiable but would have been one of a number of such units formed in 1902 to guars against banditry from disaffected Boers known as 'Bitter Enders'. It is not clear how long he served before returning to Australia.

Service and life after the Boer War: Worked as a boilermaker's helper with the New South Wales Government Railways. By 1916 was married to Elsie with children Elsie, Lilian and John. Joined AIF 9 January 1916, 31 Bn, 4th reinforcements. Arrived in France on 5 September 1916. Promoted corporal 7 September 1916. Killed 27 October 1916, 5 km south of Bapaume.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Bertha Morgan, Lilyfield NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Uncle

Name of Descendant: Beverley Anne Fitzpatrick, Hinchinbrook NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great niece


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