Thursday, 8 September 2016

Walter Jackson 1899 - 1918

Extract from Gazette showing Walter Jackson's Military Medal award (from The Gazette)
Born: Q3 1899 in Barnsley, Yorkshire

Son of: 

Edward Jackson who was born about 1869 in Wroot, Lincolnshire.  In the 1911 census he was a Blacksmith living at 5 Tower Street, Barnsley.
His mother was Harriet Platts Batley born Q1 1867 in Worsborough, Yorkshire.  She married Edward Jackson in Ardsley, Barnsley on 25 December 1890. 

Position in family: The 4th of 7 children still living in 1911.
1.    Ida Jackson was born about 1894 in Ardsley, Yorkshire, and was baptized on 12 Oct 1893 in Ardsley, Yorkshire.
2.    Ethel Jackson was born about 1895 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England and was baptized on 06 Feb 1895 in Barnsley, St John the Baptist, Yorkshire.
3.    Edward Jackson was born about 1898 in Barnsley, Yorkshire and was baptized on 26 Jan 1898 in Barnsley, St John the Baptist, Yorkshire.
4.    Walter Jackson was born Q3 1899 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. He died on 14 Sep 1918 in France and Flanders. WW1 DIED OF WOUNDS
5.    Frank Jackson was born on 05 Oct 1901 in Barnsley, Yorkshire and was baptized on 19 Mar 1902 in Barnsley, St John the Baptist, Yorkshire.
6.    Frederick Jackson was born on 01 Jul 1904 in Barnsley, Yorkshire and was baptized on 10 Aug 1904 in Barnsley, St John the Baptist, Yorkshire.
7.    Nora Batley Jackson was born on 07 Aug 1906 in Barnsley, Yorkshire and was baptized on 26 Sep 1906 in Barnsley, St John the Baptist, Yorkshire.

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: 5 Tower Street, Barnsley, age 1. 
1911: 5 Tower Street, Barnsley, age 11, School

Marriage: He was not married. 

Military Service:
Enlisted: Estimated from his gratuity payment as being less than 12 months from date of death.
Regiment and Battalion:     52 Graduated Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (formed on 27 October 1917)
Service number and rank:  TR/5/19863, Private
Regiment and Battalion:     Durham Light Infantry, 9th Battalion*
Service number and rank:  82159, Private
Awards: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal

Death:         19 September 1918
Buried at:     Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille
Grave Reference:        IV. A. 23.
Headstone Inscription: Peace Perfect Peace

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of Edward and Harriet P. Jackson, of 5, Tower St., Barnsley, Yorks.


Barnsley, Redfearn Brothers Glassworks & Aldham Works Memorial Tablet

Lives of the First World War

* although the “UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920” records his battalion as being the 20th.
Soldiers Died in the Great War records he formerly served in the West Riding Regiment 32315
In the entry for the award of his Military Medal, he was listed as serving with the Durham Light Infantry.

The war diary of 9/DLI for 16th October 1918 records the award of his M.M. (Courtesy National Archives)
14th Sept
As B Coy withdrew at 4.0am to be clear of barrage of 2/20th London who attacked final objective. Attack was successful. A & B Coy in reestablishing this line took 2 officers & 49 OR prisoners. Very heavy shelling throughout the afternoon & evening. At dark C Coy came back KITTEN TRENCH & A Coy to YORKSHIRE BANK and B Coy was attached to 9th Duke of Wellingtons do Reserve Coy.
Casualties 2 OR killed & 2 wounded
This is the war diary entry for the 14th September when he was killed, this is during the battle of Havrincourt- the first time the Hindenburg Line was breached in this location.  However, the cemetery he is buried in is near Boulogne so it is probable he was wounded earlier and died in a Casualty Clearing Station or hospital.

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