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Letter about Cairo riots and Gallipoli landing
Title : Letter about Cairo riots and Gallipoli landing Letter about Cairo riots and Gallipoli landing
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Creator : Jensen, John
Source : Jensen, Jack, D 7720(L)
Date of creation : 1915
Format : Letter
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Thirty two page letter, with postscript, dated 28 August 1915, written by Private John Jensen to his aunt in Australia. He describes his experiences during the Cairo riots in April 1915, the landing at Gallipoli, the subsequent battles with the Turkish forces and being wounding during battle, and his convalescence in England.

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Private John Jensen, D.C.M., M.M., was born at Spalding in South Australia, he volunteered on 19 August 1914 and departed Australia with the 1st Infantry Battalion. Jensen was wounded in action at Gallipoli and returned to Australia in January 1916. In November 1916 he rejoined the A.I.F. and served in France. In 1918 Jensen was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [D.C.M.] and the Military Medal [M.M.].

View Jensen's AIF service record [National Archives of Australia].

Related names :

Jensen, John, 1891-1949



Period : 1914-1918
Further reading :

Bean, C.E.W. The official history of Australia in the war of 1914-1918, Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1938-1942

Carlyon, Les. The great war, Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia, 2006

Gammage, Bill. The broken years : Australian soldiers in the Great War, Ringwood, Vic. : Penguin Books, 1990

Kent, David. From trench and troopship : the experience of the Australian Imperial Force, 1914-1919, Alexandria, N.S.W. : Hale & Iremonger , 1999

Macdougall, Anthony. Australians at war : a pictorial history, Nobel Park, Vic. : Five Mile Press, 2002

Robertson, John. Anzac and Empire : the tragedy & glory of Gallipoli, [Richmond, Vic.] : Hamlyn Australia, 1990

Internet links :

AIF Database: Australian Anzacs in the Great War 1914-1918 [Australian Defence Force Academy]

ANZAC Heroes: 'I Did My Bit': The Story of Jack Jensen - Private 955 3082

Australian War Memorial See: Encyclopedia: Gallipoli

Australian War Memorial See: Australians at War: Australian Military History Overview: First World War 1914-1918

Australian Army History Unit [Department of Defence]: See: History in focus [several sections about World War One]

Gallipoli: The drama of the Dardanelles [Imperial War Museum, UK]

RSL Virtual War Memorial

Visit Gallipoli [Department of Veterans Affairs]



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