Gustave Dienegott Ernest (Ernie) JESNOEWSKI

JESNOEWSKI, Gustave Dienegott Ernest

Service Number: 4307
Enlisted: 3 January 1916, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cooktown, Queensland, 25 February 1889
Home Town: Collie, Collie, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Coal Miner
Died: Stroke, Greenmount, Western Australia, 27 July 1969, aged 80 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

3 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
1 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4307, 28th Infantry Battalion
1 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4307, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Fremantle

Life Summary Ernst Jesnoewski

Gustave Dienegott Ernst Jesnoewski (Ernie) was born in Cook Town QLD on the 25th February 1889 to Carl Ernst Theodore Jesnoewski and Bertha Emillie Otillia Boerke who were married on the 28th November 1882 at Handorf S.A. Australia.

They had 1 son Ernest William John Jesnoewski born in 1912 it was a hard birth as Ernst lost his wife Mary E McPherson in child birth. Ernst married Mary on the 26th October, 1910 in East Coolgardie WA and they moved some time after that to Cook Town QLD. Mary is buried in Cook Town.

There son Ernest William John Jesnoewski died 25th February, 1976 in Hampton VIC

Gustav Dienegott Ernst Jesnoewski moved back to the goldfields in Coolgardie WA and enlisted at Kalgoorlie WA on the 3rd January, 1916.

He served 3 years 272 days in the Army of which 3 years 101 days were served overseas in France and other European areas.

He was returned to Perth WA on the 6th May, 1919 and was discharged from the Army in Perth WA in the 29th September, 1919.

Ernst met Millie Mary Penniment sometime after his discharge and married her at Kalgoorlie on the 29th January, 1920 and they soon moved to Collie WA and settled there for the duration until after they retired.

Ernie (as he was known) and Millie had 5 boys to their marriage all of whom were born at Collie WA
1 Leslie Albert Jesnoewski 19/3/1921 - 19/11/1941 (Died on HMAS Sydney)
2 Eric William Jesnoewski 21/1/1929 Still living Perth (My Father)
3 Ronald Percy Jesnoewski 24/8/1932 - 24/13/1996
4 Mervyn George Jesnoewski 20/2/1936 Still Living Busselton WA
5 Stanley Robert Jesnoewski 1/10/1937 Still living Perth WA

Ernie took up Coal Mining at Collie. Sometime after they retired they moved to Perth and lived the rest of their lives in my Father's residence in 19 Stuart St, Greenmount.

Ernie died on the 27th July, 1969 in our home at Greenmount WA and is buried in the Swan View Cemetery.

His Wife continued to live with us in her son's home until she moved to a Adelphi Nursing home in Bayswater WA. She died on the 23rd February, 1988 and is buried beside Ernie in the Swan View Cemetery.

A interesting story about Ernie was reported in the West Australian Newspaper in January 1969 shortly before he died.

When trying to sort out his correct pension in the pensions office they finally came out and said to him you are supposed to be dead. Apparently he had been reported killed by a mate who saw him blown up by a bomb in the trenches. Ernie knew his name was on the Kalgoorlie War Memorial but hadn't thought much about it. Its curious that a man can be listed as killed in action and still receive discharge papers when repatriated home.

In the days before computers one can understand the confusion that must have contributed to error in records.

My fond memories of my Grandfather are of a kind gentle man. I missed him a lot when he died.

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