P02939.008

Image copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
Public Domain Mark This image is in the Public Domain

ID number P02939.008
Collection Photograph
Object types
  • Black & white
  • Landscape
Date made c.1916
Physical description
  • Black & white
  • Landscape

Description

Studio portrait of Private (Pte) William Jackson VC, 17 Battalion. Pte Jackson was awarded the Victoria Cross, at eighteen years of age, for "most conspicuous bravery " on 25 - 26 June 1916 near Armentieres, France. Pte Jackson had returned safely, with a prisoner, from a raid in which several of the party had been seriously wounded in No Man's Land. He handed over the prisoner and immediately returned to assist one of the wounded men. He returned again to No Man's Land and, with a Sergeant was assisting another wounded man when he was badly wounded in the arm by a shell, and the Sergeant knocked unconscious. He returned to the trenches and obtained medical assistance and again returned to No Man's Land to find the sergeant and the wounded man they had been helping in, escorting one of them to safety. His arm had to be amputated, and he was invalided to Australia in September 1917 and was discharged. He died on 4 August 1959.