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Ernek Valdemar JANSSEN

Regimental number359
Place of birthSebastopol, Ballarat, Victoria
SchoolCambrian Hill State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address1 Barry Street, Mentone, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 6"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinFather, Inuk Janssen, 1 Barry Street, Mentone, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the 49th Infantry Regiment, Citizen Military Forces, Prahran; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date15 August 1914
Place of enlistmentPrahran, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8-12 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death9 May 1915
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsHelles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated ('Pro Deo et Patria') in St Augustine's Anglican Church (stained glass window), Mentone, Victoria. Parents: Inuk and Margaret JANSSEN, Barry Street, Mentone, Victoria. Native of Ballarat, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 757 Lance Corporal Carl Wilhelm JANSSEN, 5th Bn, died of wounds, 26 April 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 5 April 1915.

Reported wounded and missing, 8-12 May 1915.

Court of Enquiry, 3 November 1916, declared fate to be 'Killed in Action, 8-12 May 1915'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1430102B, 799 Pte A.J. HINEY, C Company, 5th Bn, 15 November 1915: 'The Janssens were with me in the boat when we were landing at Anzac on the 25th April. C. Janssen was hit with shrapnel and killed just as was landing on the beach and I saw him dead. E.V. was killed later the same day in the advance on the right; he is down in the Batt list as killed and his name has also appeared in Australia as killed. C. Janssen was buried at sea.'

Statement, Red Cross File No 1430103C, Lt A.G. ADAMS, 5th Bn, 9 November 1915: 'Informant Janssen was commonly reported in Co. of which informant is an officer, to be killed at Cape Helles about 8th May and remembers that Lt. J.A.K. Johnston of the 7th Batt (since killed) recommended Janssen with others for bravery in assisting him when wounded.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, JANSSEN Ernek Valdemar
Red Cross File No 1430103C
Red Cross File No 1430102B

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