b. 19/03/1916 Dublin, Ireland. d. 26/11/1941 Tobruk, Libya.
He was 24 years old, and a Captain commanding Z Company of 1st Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, part of 70th Division, during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 25 November 1941 at Tobruk, Libya, the assault on El Duda bridge was being slowed down by fierce enemy fire from anti-tank guns and Captain Jack as calmly as though on manoeuvres, led his machinegun company to ease the situation on the right flank of Allied tanks. Then, standing up in his vehicle, he led the trucks across the front between the tanks and the guns and got them into action on the left flank. His coolness and disregard of danger not only inspired his own men but also the tank crews. Ironically, he was killed next day.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: STONYHURST COLLEGE, LANCASHIRE.
BURIAL PLACE: TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY, TOBRUK, LIBYA.
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
PLOT VII ROW H GRAVE 9