Memorial in honour of Jørgen Christian Jensen

This monument was raised in honour of the former citizen of Løgstør, Jørgen Christian Jensen. The monument was unveiled on November 11th, 2006 at 11 AM. The precise time was chosen in order to mark the connection Jørgen Jensen had to World War 1, which ended at this exact moment in 1918.

Jørgen Christian Jensen was born in Løgstør in 1891 and when he was 16 he went sailing. He ended up in Australia where he settled down and found work. He enrolled in the Australian army in 1915 and was sent into battle shortly thereafter.

April 2nd, 1917 became a unique day - both in Danish military history and certainly in the life of the young Danish-Australian. Along with five buddies Jørgen Jensen snuck up to an enemy unit of around 50 or 60 men. One of his buddies shot the guard manning the machinegun and Jørgen Jensen threw a handgranate. Following this Jørgen Jensen, armed with a granate in each hand, forced the enemy unit, and the one next to it, to surrender.

Based on this accomplishent Jørgen Jensen was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest British military order, which is awarded for great bravery in the presense of the enemy. The Victoria Cross was presented by King George V.

Towards the end of the war the former citizen of Løgstør was seriously wounded and returned to Australia. Jørgen Jensen got married and had various small jobs until he died in 1922 - in part due to the serious injuries he suffered during the war. He was burried as a hero in Adelaide where several hundred people attended the funeral.

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