John CHRISTIANSEN

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CHRISTIANSEN, John

Service Number: 1011
Enlisted: 14 January 1915, Beenleigh, Queensland
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 5th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Tent Hill, Queensland, 1893
Home Town: Beenleigh, Logan, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Police Constable
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 22 November 1915
Cemetery: Shell Green Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

14 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1011, 5th Light Horse Regiment, Beenleigh, Queensland
12 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1011, 5th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1011, 5th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Karoola, Brisbane
22 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 1011, 5th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Constable John Christiansen was a member of ‘C’ Squadron, 2nd Australian Light Horse for five years from the age of 16 until he joined the Queensland Police in 1914. After seven months he joined the 5th Light Horse Regiment and embarked on the 12 of June 1915 abroad the HMAT Karoola A63. Christiansen was appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant during his training in Egypt but, as were the regulations at the time, he reverted to his rank of Trooper on arrival at Gallipoli.  The 5th LHR had gone to ANZAC Cove without horses in an unmounted role and were given the responsibility of the southern flank of the Australian position at Chatham’s Post. Trooper Christiansen arrived at this position of the 2 of October 1915. Christiansen was reported sick on the 9 of November and was admitted to the ANZAC hospital before returning to his unit a week after. He was killed in action, in unknown circumstances, at Chatham’s Post on the 22 of November 1915 at the age of 22." - SOURCE (www.police.qld.gov.au)

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