678754 Rfn Oswald Goulding Jackson, was born on November 1st 1890 in Owen Sound, Ontario son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jackson. Before joining the QOR, Oswald served in the 9th Mississauga Horse Militia Regiment for three years and on March 17th 1916 swore into the 169th Battalion CEF . Prior to his service, Oswald attended Harbord Collegiate and worked for the Toronto Street Railway as a street car conductor. He was married to Kathleen S Jackson.
Jackson arrived in England October, 1916, was transferred to the 116th Battalion CEF in January of 1917 and proceeded to France in February of that year. In June of 1918 he receives a Good Conduct Badge and on 17 August he was Killed in Action in the fighting near Le Quesnel.
From the War Diary of the 116th Bn CEF:
16th [Aug 1918]. Support line: The Attack was resumed the following day, this battalion remaining in Support. The Battalion was relieved by the 10th Canadian Battalion about 8:30 p.m. and moved back to Beaucourt Wood. During the tour, our casualties amounted to 1 Officer and 13 other ranks killed, 3 Officers and 64 other ranks wounded and 9 other ranks missing. There had been much heavy fighting, and many hand to hand encounters. Six M.G’s. and 20 prisoners were captured by us. Weather fine.
Despite living in Toronto, he would frequently travel to Mississauga for other commitments. One of these commitments being religious. Rfn O.G Jackson seemed to be a fairly religious man, he was an active member of the Carman Methodist Church in Clarkson, Mississauga and when he was younger he was part of the Bathurst Street Methodist Sunday School. Rfn O.G Jackson was killed in action on August 12th 1918 at the age of 28 and to honour him, his church put his name, along with eleven other members of the church that were killed in the war, on a memorial plaque. The Toronto Street Railway did the same to commemorate their fallen, where Oswald’s name can also be found at Toronto’s old City Hall. Having no know grave his name can be found on the Vimy Memorial in Givenchy-en-Gohelle, France
With research by Rfn Christian Bernardino who carries Jackson’s Coin of Remembrance.
Jackson’s wartime records can be found here.