Title / object name
Portriat of Donald Jessen
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|Berry & Co ||photography studio ||1914-1920 |
black and white glass negativeMaterials
photographic gelatin, sheet glass, silver, photographic plates
half plate (1/2)Classification
studio portraits, portraits, black-and-white negatives, gelatin dry plate negatives
Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
This is a copy of a photograph of Donald Jessen (WWI serial number 2/2848).
Donald Jessen was the younger brother of John Jessen who was also a member of the New Zealand 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 the D Battery volunteer force 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 on the Willochra or Tofua to Egypt on 4th March 1916. His unit on embarkation was the No. 5 Field Battery (2nd Field Artillery Brigade).
Although he survived the war, Donald contracted a bout of influenza in 1919 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, grave reference II.J.4.
His parents and sisters placed many memorial notices in the evening post to commemorate his death. William and Christine Jessen returned to live in Mauriceville in 1921.
Donald's service number was 2/2848.