Private John William Alexander Jackson VC
Date of birth: 13 September 1897
Place of birth: Gunbar, Hay, NSW
Date of death: 4 August 1959
Place of death: Heidelberg, Melbourne, VIC
An under-age William Jackson enlisted in the 17th Australian Infantry Battalion, AIF, 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.