Private Charles Ernest Edward Jackson was born in Toronto on 1 September 1878, son of James William Jackson and Henrietta Mary Sheppard. He was a well known and popular athlete and winner of numerous prizes as a member of the Royal Canadian Bicycle Club.
Jackson was a member of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada when he tried to enlist with the contingent for South Africa but was rejected because his arm didn’t show any vaccination marks. Somehow though he was able to enlist after joining the Haldimand Battalion – first with the Toronto Company, and then being transferred to D Company while in Quebec.
At the time Jackson was employed as a brass finisher with James Morrison Brass Mfg. Co. and before leaving for South Africa he was presented with a watch and chain by his fellow employees.
On the 18 February 1900 Jackson took part in the Battle of Paardeberg and was one of 18 Canadians killed. He buried in Vendusiedrift Garden of Remembrance.