Gunner William JACKSON


Regiment/Service:
Royal Field Artillery
Unit:
103rd Brigade Head Quarters
Service Number:
73543
Date of Death:
14 February 1916 - Killed in Action
Age:
32
Cemetery / Memorial:
Grave Reference:
I. H. 1.


Personal History:

William was born in Tideswell, Derbyshire, on the 23rd August 1884, the son of Herbert (Cotton Manufacturer)and Mary Ann (née Hill) Jackson of High Street, Tideswell. (1891 Census RG 12/2777)

William had an older sister, Emma, and a younger brother, Frederick Hill. He was educated at the Grammar School in the village. In 1901 William was employed as a "Plasterer", working in Buxton. (1901 Census RG 13/3268)
In the December quarter 1908 William married of Emma Cameron, at Tideswell Congregational Chapel, and in 1911 (Census RG 14/21230) they were living at Sherwood Road, Tideswell, with their 1 year old son, William. William Snr. was still employed as a "Plasterer". They later had two more children, Kenneth, born in 1911, and Dorothy in 1915.

Military History:
William enlisted at Buxton on the 12th January 1915 and was posted to France a year later. On the 3rd January
1916 embarkation orders arrived and by the 15th January the Brigade (part of 34th Division) had crossed the
Channel and was concentrated at La Crosse, east of St Omer.

Less than a month later, whilst working as a Clerk for the Headquarters Staff of 103rd Brigade, he was killed by a
shell bursting on the Headquarters. The Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension, where William now lies was
begun in April 1915 and used by units and field ambulances until April 1918.

Sources:
· De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1924, Vol. 3, page 153
· I am grateful to Olivier Byart for the photo of William's grave

Link to CWGC Record
Pt William Jackson's grave
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William's name on the Tideswell Memorial
William's name on the Tideswell Memorial