Jackson, Ernest John

775507 Private Ernest John Jackson was born on 9 August 1893 in Amberley, Sussex, England, the son of John Jackson and Emily Strudwick (later Sadler). As per the 1901 English Census, he was still living in Sussex, England however by 1915 he was in Bolton, Ontario before enlisting. It is likely that he arrived on the Empress of Britain in 1906 at the age of 12 as part of the British Home Children program.

He attested with the 126th Battalion in Brampton, Ontario on 7 December 1915, listing his calling as that of a farm labourer. He was 5’8″ 146lbs with a fair complexion, blue eyes and white hair.

Jackson embarked from Canada at Halifax on 14 August 1916, arriving in Liverpool on 24 August 1916. In mid-October 1916 he was transferred to the 119th Battalion at Bramshott. He was in the hospital for the month of November 1917 until 29 Jan 1917 for an infected ingrown toenail. He was transferred to the 12th Reserve Bn at Whitely on 11 April 1917.

Jackson was sent to East Sandling on 17 May 1917, finally ending up in the 3rd Battalion on 25 May 1917. In less than 2 months with the 3rd, he was killed by enemy shell fire on 10 July 1917 near the Mont Foret Quarries.

He is buried at La Targette British Cemetery; Pas de Calais, France, Grave Reference: II. E. 10.

British Home Children World War 1 Honour Roll

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