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Private (later Lieutenant) Harry Jackson

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Henry (aka Harry) Vernon Jackson

Ancestor's date of birth: 08/10/1881

Ancestor's date of death: 21/05/1954

Cause of Death: Unknown

Service Number: 163

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW Place of Enlistment: Detail not provided

Unit: D Squadron NSW Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): LT, Date Effective: 11/12/1905 (militia), 6/12/1914 (AIF)

Murray Page: 100

Contingent: Fourth New South Wales

Ship: Armenian, Date of Sailing: 23/04/1900

Memorial details: Detail unavailable

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Cocky and Confident. Height 1.68 m, weight 64 kg (1914).

Reasons to go and fight: Patriotism

Details of service in war: 1900 - May 1901 in Rhodesia and west Transvaal including capture of de la Rey's convoy and guns at Wildfontein (24 March 1901).

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 17 July 1901 on the Orient. Worked as a machinery engineer and served in the 6th Australian Light Horse (New England Light Horse). He was promoted sergeant, staff sergeant, the commissioned on 11 December 1905. He was unmarried when he joined the 7th Light Horse AIF on 4 November 1914 and appointed Second Lieutenant 6 December 1914. He sailed to Egypt on 19 December 1914. Landed at Gallipoli on 6 August 1915 and took part in the August offensive. Promoted Lieutenant 9 September 1915. Took sick in Octber, he was sent to hospital in Malta then England. He was able to rejoin his regiment in Egypt in June 1916, however, suffering from asthma, he returned (medically unfit) to Australia from Egypt on 3 August 1916. There he lived at Arthur Street, Croydon NSW on a government disability pension initially of $6 supsequently reduced to $2 per fortnight.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Frank Jackson, Narrabeen NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Nephew

 


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