Week 21 – Military

When the topic of Military came up I knew exactly who I would write about. My 3rd cousin sent me an email about our great-grandparent’s brother last year, to which she attached a copy of his application for ‘Fortjent Medal from 1864’ (1864 war Medal entitlement). To fight in the Danish-Preussian war in 1864 would have been a terrible experience, especially since Denmark didn’t do well and a large part of Southern Jutland was lost to the Germans.

Name: Hans Jensen
Birth: 6/11/1835 – Bisserup, Holsteinborg, Vester Flakkebjerg, Sorø
Marriage: 18/12/1874 – Karrebæk, Øster Flakkebjerg, Sorø
Spouse: Karoline Mortensen
Death: 9/6/1915 – Bisserup, Holsteinborg, Vester Flakkebjerg, Sorø

There had been disputes between Germany and Denmark throughout the 1850s and into the 1860s about which country would control the two districts of Schleswig and Holstein at the bottom end of Jutland. By February 1864 the German-Austrian army attacked and the Danish troops withdrew to the most northerly line of Schleswig. It was thought Denmark could defend her position there, due to the presence of old defence barricades and excavations. Sadly they were in ill repair and the Danes could not withstand the onslaught. A peace treaty was eventually signed on the 30th of October in Vienna. Denmark went to war with 52,000 troops and roughly 10% lost their lives or were injured. A further 15% were taken prisoner by the Germans. Denmark had to relinquish both Holstein and Schleswig to the Germans. It was not until the end of First World War that Schleswig was returned to Denmark when a request was made to the allied powers at the Versailles conference in 1919.

Hans Jensen was sent to war on the 18th of March 1864 and returned unharmed on the 18th of November. He served as private for the 13th infantry regiment, 5th Company. I haven’t been able to find out where he may have been engaged in battle. Regardless, he was among the lucky men who return home unscathed.

1864 War Medal application for Hans Jensen.

Hans returned to his father’s farm ‘Vængegaard’ in Bisserup which he took over in 1876. At the same time he bought the farm outright from Holsteinborg Estate.

Vængegaard, Bisserup.

1876 was an eventful year for Hans as he not only bought ‘Vængegaard’, he also married Karoline. In addition, Karoline gave birth to a baby daughter before they were married, but unfortunately the baby only lived for a few hours and was never given a name.

They had a further two daughters and one son. The youngest daughter Anna Margrethe Jensen born in 1891 took over the farm from her father with the help of her husband Niels Peter Nielsen in 1916. To finish the story I can add that their son, Hans Børge Nielsen followed in his father’s footsteps and ran the farm from 1957 to 1977, when it was sold to someone outside of the family.

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