B63608 Lance Corporal Clifford Irwin Jackson was born on 14 February 1921 in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Claude William Jackson and Eva Norine Gearing. He had one brother Edgar who served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII and a sister. His father served in France during WWI.
Jackson attended Wilkinson School and one year of high school as well as St David’s Anglican Church Sunday School. He was working as a carpenter when he enlisted.
He joined The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada militia battalion on 9 May 1937 and transferred to the QOR Active Service Force on 11 June 1940 in Toronto.
Jackson served in Newfoundland, and trained at Camp Borden and Camp Debert in New Brunswick, before departing Halifax on the HMT Strathmore and arriving in Gourock, Scotland on 29 July 1941. He suffered sprained ligaments in his right shoulder during training in April 1943. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 21 May 1943.
Lance Corporal Jackson landed with B Company on Juno Beach, D-Day, 6 June 1944 and was first reported missing and later confirmed as killed in action, aged 23. He is buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, grave reference I. A. 11.