James Jensen Bak[1, 2]

Male 1895 - 1948  (52 years)


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  • Name James Jensen Bak 
    Born 2 Oct 1895  Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    _UID 6BB4E698549342A79F7664FDA8820D607A57 
    Died 15 Aug 1948  Chillagoe, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Cause: of a massive heart attack 
    Address:
    Walsh River Main Roads Commission Camp 
    Buried Chillagoe, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    Chillagoe Cemetery 
    Person ID I6356  Treefive
    Last Modified 8 May 2017 

    Father Julius Jensen-Bak,   b. 4 Jun 1856, Aalborg, North Jutland, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 14 Aug 1921, Dunmora, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Christina Helena Pohlmann,   b. Abt 1867, Kaltenkirchen, Schleswig Holstein, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1899, Marianna, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1888  Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 8, 9
    Address:
    the Lutheran Church 
    Family ID F1985  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice Ruby Keyburn,   b. 1894, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1980, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 1919  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Children 
     1. Cecil James Bak,   b. 8 Apr 1920,   d. 11 Feb 1945, Bougainville, New Guinea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
     2. Leslie Ronald Bak,   b. 19 Feb 1921,   d. 19 Apr 1997, Perth, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     3. Kenneth William Bak,   b. 17 Oct 1923, Cairns, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1985, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F2092  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • After James' mother died in 1899, he was admitted to the Diamantina Orphanage in Brisbane on 20 Jul 1900, with her sisters Anna, Christina and Nancy. It seems that he did not live there, but boarded with a Mrs Pedersen. James was discharged from the orphanage on 23 Jul 1903, but the register does not say where he was living then.

      James was listed on the Granville State School Admission Register on 25 Jul 1900, although he was then only four years old, with his birthday on 2 Oct.

      Upon the declaration of WW1, James enlisted in the 23rd Signal Company (Australian Engineers) as a private. At his enlistment on 17 Sep 1914, James gave his civilian occupation as labourer, of Maryborough, 19 years of age.

      James’ military record shows him as a member of the 15th Battalion that stormed the beaches at Gallipoli, with the battalion suffering very heavy losses as they continually assaulted the Turkish positions. On 16 May 1915, while fighting around Quinn’s Post, James was wounded in action. After hospitalisation in Egypt (Alexandria), Manchester and London and through his wounds, he lost his left arm. He was shipped home in Nov 1915 and discharged wounded on 12 Apr 1916.

      In 1919 James married Alice Ruby Keyburn and they lived in Netherby, Queensland with James working as a labourer. They moved to White Rock in 1922. James and Alice had 3 children - Cecil, Leslie and Kenneth.

      James died 15 Aug 1948 at Walsh River M.R.C. Camp via Mungana, Queensland. There he was employed as a foreman. He was interred in Chillagoe Cemetery on 17 Aug 1948. No headstone was recorded. The cause of death was coronary occlusion (heart attack). He left his widow Alice Ruby, who remained at White Rock, far north Queensland, and adult children Leslie and Kenneth. James and Alice’s descendants still live at White Rock.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4465] TRE149-150 Family tree Pohlmann, Jochim and Asmus, Catharina Margaretha: from Trevor Pohlmann Nov 2014, TRE149, TRE150., Family tree descendancy chart for Jochim Pohlmann and Catharina Margaretha Asmus; November 2014.

    2. [S5656] BIO301 Biography Bak, James Jensen, BIO301., article 'Memories of forgotten hero' by Roz Pulley; 9 November 2016; Biography of James Jensen Bak by his granddaughter Carol West.

    3. [S2954] BIR Birth Index Queensland, James Jensen Bak; C8590; 1895.

    4. [S2953] DTH Death Index Queensland, James Jensen Bak; C3070; 1948.

    5. [S3185] DTH419 In Memoriam Bak, James Jensen, DTH419., In Memoriam notice for James Jensen Bak; 15 August 1951; page 5; Died 15 Aug 1948.

    6. [S3186] DTH420 Death Bak, James Jensen, DTH420., News item - death of James Jensen Bak; 16 August 1948; page 3.

    7. [S3187] DTH421 In Memoriam Bak, James Jensen, DTH421., In Memoriam notice - James Jensen Bak; 15 August 1949; page 12; Notice inserted by Mrs R. Bak.

    8. [S2952] MAR Marriage Index Queensland, Julius Jensen Bak and Christina Helen Pohlmann; C1452; 1888.

    9. [S4515] MAR422 Marriage Bak, Julius Jensen and Pohlmann, Christine Helene, MAR422., Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; Julius Jensen Bak and Christine Helene Pohlmann; 18 February 1888; true copy of an entry in a register of marriages; 1452; 22 February 1888.

    10. [S2952] MAR Marriage Index Queensland, Alice Ruby Keyburn and James Jensen Bak; C2228; 1919.