b. 11/02/1897 Swinton, South Yorkshire. d. 27/09/1918 Canal du Nord, France.
Born 11 February 1897 to Thomas Edwin and Emma Jackson, of Swinton, Rotherham. He was 21 years old, and a lance-corporal in the 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards, British Army during the First World War when he performed an act of bravery at the battle of the Canal du Nord for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
For most conspicuous bravery and self sacrifice in the attack across the Canal du Nord, near Graincourt. On the morning of 27 September 1918, Lance-Corporal Jackson was the first to volunteer to follow Captain C.H. Frisby across the Canal du Nord in his rush against an enemy machine-gun post. With two comrades he followed his officer across the canal, rushed the post, capturing two machine-guns, and so enabled the companies to advance. Later in the morning, Lance Corporal Jackson was the first to jump into a German trench which his platoon had to clear, and after doing further excellent work was unfortunately killed.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: COLDSTREAM GUARDS RHQ, LONDON.
BURIAL PLACE: SANDERS KEEP MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAINCOURT, FRANCE.
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
PLOT II, ROW D, GRAVE 4
Thomas Jackson's medals at Coldstream Guards RHQ, London (Pic - Thomas Stewart).