The Anciens we never hear/read about

Peter Lyderik

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#12
Jens Jensen from Denmark, 88, buried 9.12.2017. Joined the Legion in 1957, 28 years old, served in Algeria and became a corporal, returned to Denmark in 1963. Was known as "Morocco Jensen".

Han oplevede mere end de fleste
AF: ASTRID VESTERGAARD , ASVES@JV.DK
Publiceret 08. december 2017 kl. 16:06

Jens Jensen fra Hviding tjente i Fremmedlegionen i flere år og brugte en del af sit liv på at holde foredrag om alt det, han oplevede dér.

Esbjerg: Jens Jensen, Enderupvej i Hviding, er død, 88 år. Han var en driftig mand, som i sit liv oplevede mere end de fleste.
Som 28-Ã¥rig rejste han nemlig til Paris og meldte sig til den berygtede franske fremmedlegion.

Jens Jensen havde sin barndom og ungdom i Rødding og Bredebro. Da han var 14 år, kom han ud at tjene på en gård, og i et interview med JydskeVestkysten fortalte han på et tidspunkt, at det senere blev dårlige tider i landbruget, og at han derfor overvejede at emigrere til Canada eller Australien.

Så hørte han om Fremmedlegionen. Hvis man meldte sig dér og gjorde tjeneste i fem år, blev man lovet jord i Algier. Derfor meldte han sig og blev sendt til Marseille; senere til Oran i det nordlige Algier, hvor han kom i en deling med folk fra det meste af verden, og blev en del af en barsk og brutal mandeverden.

Jens Jensen var én af dem, der lærte at begå sig med den barske disciplin. Han avancerede fra menig til korporal, og var involveret i mange krigshandlinger.

I starten af 1963 rejste han hjem til Danmark for at være tæt på sine aldrende forældre og fik aldrig det stykke land i Algier, han drømte om.
Jens Jensen gik under navnet "Marokko Jensen" og holdt mange foredrag om sin tid i Fremmedlegionen.

Han var uddannet landmand, og indtil få måneder før sin død kørte han dagligt en tur ud i marsken og tilså kreaturer ved diget.

Han efterlader sig en datter, en svigersøn og to børnebørn i Nordjylland.

Bisættelsen finder sted lørdag den 9. december klokken 13 fra Vester Vedsted Kirke.

Pictures of Jens Jensen in the Legion including his discharge certificate, from an article from 2015: https://www.jv.dk/modules/jv/gallery/?articleId=2074795
 

jonny

Actual or Former Legionnaire
Legionnaire
#20
Hei Peter,

I couldn’t find my name on that list either, so obviously not very reliable,, Prince Aage, Amilikvary, etc, yeah everibody know about them. But legionnaire 1ere Classe Jonny? Not a mention, of course.

On the other hand, I found a good entry about one of my best friends, Tony Hunter-Choat, as follows:

Anthony "Tony" Hunter-Choat OBE, FRSA (12 January 1936 – 12 April 2012) was a British soldier who served in the French Foreign Legion, the British Army, including in the Special Air Service, and as the commander of the Sultan of Oman's special forces.
Anthony Hunter-Choat Born 12 January 1936
Purley, LondonDied 12 April 2012(aged 76)Allegiance
France
United Kingdom
OmanService/branch French Foreign Legion (1957–62)
British Army (1962–86)
Royal Army of Oman(1986–97)Years of service 1957–1997Rank BrigadierUnit 1st Foreign Parachute Regiment (1957–62)Commands held 23 Special Air Service Regiment (1977–83)Battles/wars Algerian War
Indonesia–Malaysia confrontationAwards Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Legion of Honour(France)
Médaille militaire(France)
Cross for Military Valour (France)
Order of Achievement(Oman)



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Early life and educationEdit

Hunter-Choat was born in Purley, London, the son of Frederick, who worked in insurance, and Iris, a schoolteacher. The family later moved to Ascot. He attended Dulwich College and Kingston College of Art, where he trained as an architect. In his youth, he developed a taste for travel and languages, hitchhiking around Europe in his holidays.[1]


Military careerEdit

French Foreign LegionEdit
After deciding a career in architecture was not for him, Hunter-Choat travelled to Paris in March 1957 to join the French Foreign Legion. He was pursued by his mother, but by the time she caught up with him, he had already signed up. He was sent for basic training in Algeria, which at the time was experiencing the Algerian War. Hunter-Choat volunteered for the additional training to become a paratrooper. On 15 October, he was posted to 1st Foreign Parachute Regiment (1e REP), with whom he would serve for the next five years.[1]
At the time, the Algerian War had become a high-intensity conflict requiring around 400,000 French and colonial troops in the country to maintain order. In this time, Hunter-Choat and his unit were involved in numerous operations, inflicting and suffering many casualties. In February 1958, as a machine-gunner, Hunter-Choat took part in the Battle of Fedj Zezoua, for his service in which he was awarded the Cross for Military Valour. He was later awarded the Cross for Military Valour a further two times, as well as the Médaille militaire. Less than two weeks later he was wounded pursuing FLN troops through wooded territory near the Tunisian border.[1]
In the Algiers putsch of 1961, Hélie de Saint Marc, the commander of 1e REP agreed to take part. Hunter-Choat was one of a number of troops who occupied key parts of Algiers on behalf of the putsch on the night of 21 April 1961. After Charles de Gaullemade an appeal on national television against the coup, support for it collapse and 1e REP was subsequently disbanded. Shortly after, Hunter-Choat's term of service expired and he returned to Britain.[1]
British ArmyEdit
His father convinced him to apply to the British Army, but his first application in March 1962 was rejected because he was over the typical age. After his father wrote to them in April, he was accepted "as a special case, for consideration." After passing out the top in his course at Mons Officer Cadet School, he was assigned to the 7th Duke of Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles and posted to Malaya. From there, in early 1963, he was posted to Brunei, and later to Sarawak and Borneo, where he fought in the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation. Whilst there, Hunter-Choat took part in cross-border raids into Indonesia, as well as coastal raids.[1]
He had initially signed up on a short service commission and wanted to transfer to a regular commission. Finding himself too old for the infantry, he joined the Royal Artillery in 1964. He remained in Borneo as a forward observer officer until 1966, when he returned to Britain. From 1969 to 1970, he attended the Staff College, Camberley, and then served in 45 Field Regiment RA. He became a battery commander and then became second-in-command of 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery in Hong Kong. He served on the directing staff of the junior division of the Land Warfare Centre, Warminster, from 1975 to 1977.[
 

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