Ivan Errol (Moss or Mossey) CHRISTENSEN


Service Number: QX24921
Enlisted: 17 December 1941
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 49 Infantry Battalion AMF
Born: Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, 15 November 1922
Home Town: Maryborough, Fraser Coast, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Natural causes , Pialba, Queensland, Australia, date not yet discovered
Cemetery: Maryborough Crematorium, Queensland , Australia
Crematorium, Maryborough, Qld
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World War 2 Service

17 Dec 1941: Involvement QX24921
17 Dec 1941: Enlisted
17 Dec 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Corporal, QX24921, 49 Infantry Battalion AMF
6 Jun 1946: Discharged
6 Jun 1946: Discharged Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Corporal, QX24921, 49 Infantry Battalion AMF

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Biography contributed by Graham Christensen

Ivan was my uncle. His father was Albert Henry CHRISTENSEN WW1, and his brother was my father Brian Bernard CHRISTENSEN. Both Brian and Ivan served in PNG in WW2.

Ivan was born in and lived most of his life in Maryborough Qld. At times he was a publican - of The White Lion - fame. when I was a boy he used to sit me on a stool in the corner of the bar with a lemonade.

He married his long time partner Violet WISE later in life and they retired at Point Vernon Hervey Bay. Ivan drove a school bus in retirement and was known for his 'funny stories'.

Sadly or not, Violet passed away on a Saturday and Ivan passed away the following day.

He and Violet are at rest in the Maryborough Crematorium garden of remembrance. I attended their joint service and spoke to the great memories I had of Ivan and Violet.

Oh, by the way Ivan was actually known all his life as 'Moss' or 'Mossy'.. related to his clinging to rocks underwater whilst being taught to swim as a kid.

Uncle Moss - part of my life as an uncle.

Graham CHRISTENSEN (2024)