Private Joergen Christian Jensen, 50th Battalion, AIF, Victoria Cross action at
. Noreuil, France
Joergen (Jorgan) Jensen was born in
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.
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, Noreuil, France 2 April 1917.
5 May 1918,
while on patrol near Villers-Bretonneux, Jensen was severely wounded and was
eventually invalided to .
Still troubled by war injuries, he died in Australia
in 1922. Adelaide