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Ernest Augustus JENTSCH

Regimental number3331
Place of birthEnmore, Sydney, New South Wales
SchoolPublic School, Petersham, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressCarlton, Hampstead Road, Petersham, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 4"
Weight129 lbs
Next of kinFather, E F Jentsch, Carlton, Hampstead Road, Petersham, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row A, Grave No 5), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
157
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Ernest Felix and Alice Elizabeth JENTSCH, Hampstead Road, Petersham, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsCousin: 2499 Pte Harold George ALMON, 47th Bn, killed in action, 8 June 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength 53rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Promoted Corporal, Ismailia, 8 May 1916.

Promoted Lance Sergeant, Canal Zone, 22 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Translation of a German report, 27 October 1919: 'Identification Number handed over by 6th N.O.A.O.K. through Central Office for Deceased Estates, 12/10/16. Australian Soldier E. A. Jentsch, Identification Disc 3331, 53rd Battalion, fell 19/7/16 in the neighbourhood of Fromelles.'

Report received from Australian Red Cross, Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau, 15 October 1920: 'Jentsch, E. A. 3331. 53. A.I.F. Fell 19.7.16 near Fromelles[.] Final German Death List, S'.

Red Cross File No 1440110: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Statement, 3571 Corporal L. PERRY, B Company, 53rd Bn (patient, 1st London General Hospital, Camberwell, England), 30 March 1917: 'I saw Jentsch on Juy 19th at dusk with his head blown off.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 7), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
Miscellaneous detailsFather's address subsequently 20 Searl Street, Petersham, Sydney, New South Wales (noted 27 July 1922).
SourcesNAA: B2455, JENTSCH Ernest Augustus
Red Cross File No 1440110

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