Object: Copy of a portrait of Donald Jessen
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|Title||Copy of a portrait of Donald Jessen|
Berry & Co (copyist), 1915-1919, Wellington
|Medium summary||black and white glass negative|
|Materials||photographic gelatin, sheet glass, silver, photographic plates|
|Classification||gelatin dry plate negatives, black-and-white negatives, studio portraits, portraits|
|Format||half plate (1/2)|
|Credit line||Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds|
Donald Jessen, service number 2/2848
This is a copy by the Berry studio from an original photograph of Gunner Donald Jessen, of the New Zealand Field Artillery.
Donald Jessen was the younger brother of John Jessen who was also a member of the Field Artillery and who was killed in action in France in 1918. Their parents, William August Jessen and Christine Jessen (nee Johansen) lived in Mauriceville when their sons were born but had moved to Wellington by 1908 where they lived at 40 Kent Terrace.
Donald worked as a warehouseman in Wellington and served in 'D' Battery of the Wellington Artillery Volunteers until 1915 when he joined the New Zealand Field Artillery as part of the 10th Reinforcements. He went into Trentham Camp on the 16th November 1915 and embarked from Wellington bound for Egypt on 4th March 1916. His unit on embarkation was the No. 5 Field Battery (2nd Field Artillery Brigade).
Although he survived the war, shortly after the Armistice Donald contracted influenza which became pneumonia, and he died at Endell Street Military Hospital in London on the 23rd February 1919. He is buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery.
For many years afterwards, his parents and sisters placed memorial notices in the 'Evening Post' newspaper on the anniversaries of his death. William and Christine Jessen returned to live in Mauriceville in 1921.
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