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Name: DINESEN, Thomas Fasti VC

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Nee: bro of Karen Dinesen (Blixen)

Birth Date: 9 Aug 1892 Rungsted, Denmark

Death Date: 10 Mar 1979 Vejle, Denmark

First Date: 1920 - with Karen

Last Date: 1923

Profession: Joined the Canadian Army in WW1 and won the VC. Wanted to be a pilot. He saw no future in Mbogani farm (Karen Blixen's) and returned to Denmark in 1923 having sunk all his own money into the farm.

Area: Karen, Naivasha

Married: In Aarhus 7 Apr 1926 7 Apr 1926 Jonna Maria Lindhardt b. 8 Sep 1902 Aarhus, d. 14 Jan 2006 Horsholm, Frederiksborg

Children: Anne Arendse (2 June 1927 Copenhagen-2000); Ingeborg Margrethe Merete (26 Mar 1929 Copenhagen-2003); Hans Vincent (24 Mar 1939 Frederiksberg By og Sogn-1999); Tore Vilhelm (1933-17 Aug 2017)

Author: 'My Sister, Isak Dinesen' (1975)

Book Reference: Thomas, Hut, Red 22, Chandler, Wikipedia

War Service: 42nd Infantry Brigade

General Information:

Red 22 has T. Denison, VC, Karen Coffee Co., Ngong
Chandler - VC citation described how Dinesen had single-handedly killed 12 German machine-gunners with grenades and his bayonet, enabling the British to capture a mile of fortified territory. This feat helped put to rest the spurious speculation that the Baroness Blixen and her family were pro-German. After the war Dinesen split his time between Denmark and Kenya, and married Jonna Lindhardt in 1926. ..
VC 12 Aug 1918 at Battle of Amiens - "For most conspicuous and continuous bravery displayed during ten hours of hand-to-hand fighting, which resulted in the capture of over a mile of strongly garrisoned and stubbornly defended enemy trenches. Five times in succession he rushed forward alone, and single-handed put hostile machine guns out of action, accounting for twelve of the enemy with bomb and bayonet. His sustained valour and resourcefulness inspired his comrades at a very critical stage of the action, and were an example to all." 

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