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Vernon John Jorgensen

Portrait, Mr Jorgensen in uniform. - This image may be subject to copyright
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Vernon John AWMM
  • Surname
    Jorgensen AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Vern Jorgensen AWMM
  • Service number
    435531 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 March 1922 AWMM AWMM
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 22 April 1905 AWMM 45 Ghuznee Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs H.J. Kirby (mother), 50 Rata Road, Hataitai, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 15 May 1943 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    435531 AWMM
  • Military service
    Territorials. NZ Engineers. 2 Field Company (4 years). AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    18 October 1945 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Jorgensen, Vernon John. (Ref. WO 373/14/281). Military Medal. Battle of Senio River AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1939 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Shop assistant/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
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Medical history

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Biographical information

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  • Discharge. Boarded Palmerston North 31 December 1945. Placed in Area 6 Pool pending discharge mid 1946

    Lance Sergeant V. J. Jorgensen, MM; Feilding; born Wellington, 8 Mar 1922; shop assistant. (Source: Cody, J.F. NZ Engineers, Middle East. p.684.)

    'The lesson of the Cassino road-destroying heavyweight missiles had been learnt, for these planes were dropping small fragmentation bombs. For an hour they followed overhead, wave after wave, scattering 2000 tons of exploding metal. Then the guns, hundreds of guns, opened fire and the ground shook and the air quivered with the speeding shells. Then the fighter-bombers dived on their targets, then more gunfire, then more planes…. But there was still something new to come. At last light Wasps and Crocodiles rushed up the floodbank to spew streams of liquid flame across the river. Finally the steel curtain of the barrage, after blasting awhile on the far bank, moved forward and the infantry, hidden in the dust and smoke, quickly crossed the river on rafts and kapok bridges; it was then the turn of the sappers.

    Major Lindell's plan was for 7 Field Company's No. 1 Platoon (Captain Berry) to search the far stopbank for mines (in the doing of which Corporal Jorgensen laid the foundations for an MM), then place and blow a series of charges along a grade that would assist the dozer operator in the formation of a route for wheels and tracks over the obstruction. No. 2 Platoon (Lieutenant Lawson) would build the high and No. 3 Platoon (Lieutenant Annabell) the low-level Baileys on 5 Brigade front. ' (Source: Cody, J.F. NZ Engineers, Middle East. p. 684.) AWMM
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About death

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Cody, J.F. (1961). New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.684. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.69 AWMM
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