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William JACKSON

Regimental number588
Place of birthGunbar New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressGunbar via Hay, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 10"
Weight167 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Jackson, Gunbar via Hay, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Victoria Cross


Recommendation date: 18 July 1916

FateReturned to Australia 4 May 1917
Medals

Victoria Cross

'For most conspicuous bravery. On the return from a successful raid, several members of the raiding party were seriously wounded in "No Man's Land" by shell fire. Private Jackson got back safely and, after handing over a prisoner whom he had brought in, immediately went out again under very heavy shell fire and assisted in bringing in a wounded man. He then went out again, and with a sergeant was bringing another wounded man when his arm was blown off by a shell and the sergeant was rendered unconscious. He then returned to our trenches, obtained assistance, and went out again to look for his two wounded comrades. He set a splendid example of pluck and determination. His work has always been marked by the greatest coolness and bravery.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Discharge date15 September 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to Casualty Clearing Station, Gallipoli, 3 October 1915 (diarrhoea); transferred to Hospital Ship, 3 October 1915, and admitted to St Patrick's Hospital, Malta, 10 October 1915 (enteric fever). Transferred to No 1 Auxiliary hospital, Heliopolis, 11 January 1916; discharged to duty, 15 February 1916; rejoined Bn, Moascar, 9 Mar5ch 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 25 June 1916 (shrapnel wound, arms); admitted to 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital, 27 June 1916

Took part in raid on enemy's trench, night of 25-26 June 1916. Invalided to England, 29 June 1916, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 30 June 1916 (right arm amputated); transferred to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 20 July 1916; to No 2 Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 3 September 1916; to Queen Mary's General Hospital, 26 October 1916; to No 2 Auxiliary Hospital, 5 December 1916. Discharged on furlough, 21 February 1917. Admitted to No 2 Auxiliary Hospital, 27 March 1917; discharged for return to Australia.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Themistocles', 4 May 1917; disembarked Sydney, 4 July 1917; discharged (medically unfit), 15 September 1917.

Medals: Victoria Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsFull name: John William Alexander JACKSON
Date of death4 August 1959
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery