Pre-war studio portrait of 359 Private (Pte) Ernek Valdemar Janssen, 5th Battalion from Mentone, Victoria wearing the uniform of the 49th Prahran Militia Battalion. A 23 year old storeman and member of the Militia prior to enlisting in the AIF on 15 August 1914, he embarked for overseas with E Company, 5th Infantry Battalion from Melbourne on 21 October 1914 aboard HMAT Orvieto. While serving with the battalion at Gallipoli, he was killed in action in the attack on Krithia on 8 May 1915. Pte Janssen is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey with others who have no known grave. His older brother, 757 Lance Corporal Carl Wilhelm Janssen also served with the 5th Battalion at Gallipoli and died of wounds received in action on 26 April 1915. [See image H05579.]

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