Pte. Andrew Edward Jensen

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Pte. Andrew Edward Jensen

Birthplace: New Zealand
Death: December 05, 1941 (24-25)
SS Chakdina, Lost at sea off Tobruk (World War II: Killed in Action - sinking of the SS Chakdina)
Place of Burial: [Column 103.], El Alamein War Cemetery, El Alamein, Maṭrūḥ, Egypt
Immediate Family:

Son of Anders Clemmen Jensen and Ruth Jensen
Husband of Frances Lyla Rushton

Occupation: labourer
Find A Grave ID: 14702961
Service No: WWII 63170
Managed by: Private User
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About Pte. Andrew Edward Jensen

Andrew Edward Jensen was born in New Zealand in 1916 to Anders Clemmen and Ruth Jensen (nee Dunning). He worked as a labourer. Andrew enlisted in World War II and served with the Second New Zealand Expeditionary force. He had served in the Western Desert (and was possibly wounded) when he was killed in action on 5 December 1941. Late that afternoon the SS Chakdina had left Tobruk Harbour, Libya, carrying around 380 wounded Allied soldiers, 100 German and Italian Prisoners of War and 120 crew away from grossly overcrowded hospitals. A number of other Allied soldiers also boarded the ship in order to be transported back to Egypt. The Chakdina had been commandeered by the Royal Navy and was acting as a hospital ship. At least 123 New Zealanders were aboard the shop when it set sail. Just after 9pm an enemy plane (Italian S.79 torpedo bomber) released a torpedo, which exploded in one of the after holds of the Chakdina which sank within three and a half minutes. There was little chance of escape unless you weren't wounded or badly wounded, and were positioned away from the blast. Around 400 men were drowned, 80 of them New Zealanders and almost all of these survivors of the fighting at Sidi Rezegh and Belhamed. The sinking of the Chakdina was the only major calamity in the evacuation of New Zealand wounded during World War II. At this stage it is not known whether Andrew was one of the wounded soldiers or not. He is remembered on the Alamein Memorial in Egypt. Source: Biography by Debbie McCauley (2017).

  • Full Name Andrew Edward Jensen
  • Rank Last Held Private
  • War World War II, 1939-1945
  • Serial No. 63170
  • Occupation before Enlistment Labourer
  • Next of Kin Mrs A.E. Jensen (wife), C/o Mrs T. Beaton, 5 Victoria Road, Birkdale, Auckland, new Zealand
  • Marital Status Married
  • Enlistment Address Te Arai, New Zealand
  • Military District Warkworth
  • Body on Embarkation Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
  • Embarkation Unit Infantry Reinforcements
  • Nominal Roll Number WW2 4
  • Page on Nominal Roll WW2 179
  • Campaigns Western Desert
  • Last Unit Served 21Infantry Battalion
  • Place of Death Western Desert
  • Date of Death 5 December 1941
  • Age at Death 23
  • Year of Death 1941
  • Cause of Death Killed in action
  • Memorial Name Alamein Memorial, El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
  • Memorial Reference Columns 103

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Pte. Andrew Edward Jensen's Timeline

New Zealand

Birth Registration Number: (reg. 1916/12269).

December 5, 1941
Age 25
SS Chakdina, Lost at sea off Tobruk
December 5, 1941
Age 25
Alamein Memorial, [Column 103.], El Alamein War Cemetery, El Alamein, Maṭrūḥ, Egypt