Private John William Alexander Jackson

Service number 588
Birth Date 1897-09-13
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Hay
Death Date 1959-08-04
Death Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Heidelberg
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Biographical information They dared mightily. in 1963
Published in London Gazette in 1916-09-09
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1916-12-14

An under-age William Jackson (1897-1959) enlisted from rural New South Wales in early 1915. He saw service on Gallipoli before shifting to France early the following year. While in the sector around Armentières, he was part of a fighting patrol that broke into the enemy lines. On withdrawing, the patrol came under intense fire and suffered casualties. Although he had got back safely, Jackson insisted on returning to recover wounded men until he too was badly hit, resulting in the amputation of his arm.

The postwar years were hard on this brave man. After a variety of jobs, he moved to Melbourne in 1953. He died in the Repatriation Hospital, Heidelberg, aged 61.



Date of birth 13 September 1897
Date of birth 13 September 1897
Date of enlistment 15 February 1915
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 20 February 1915 17 Battalion.
Date of embarkation 12 May 1915
Date of honour or award 26 June 1916 Awarded Victoria Cross, for action at Bois Grenier, near Armentieres, France whilst serving with 17 Battalion, 5 Brigade, 2 Division as a Private
Date of recommendation honour or award 18 July 1916
Date returned to Australia 04 May 1917
Other 1917-09 Invalided to Australia, after being wounded in the action for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Date of death 04 August 1959
Date of death 04 August 1959