Biography

Birth date: 13 September 1897
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Hay
Death date: 04 August 1959
Death place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Heidelberg
Final rank: Private
Service number: 588 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion

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.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 12 May 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

044956

Sydney, NSW. 1938-04-23. A group portrait of Victoria Cross recipients who were invited to Sydney by the United Licensed Victuallers Association (ULVA) to march as a group in the 1938 Sydney Anzac Day march. This gesture by the ULVA was part of the Australian sesquicentennial (150 years)...

044956

A02641

Studio portrait of Private William Jackson VC of the 17th Battalion. Private Jackson was awarded the Victoria Cross for his action in rescuing wounded comrades under heavy shellfire following a raid on German lines near Armentieres, France on 25 June 1916. Private Jackson was himself seriously...

A02641

A02641A

Cropped studio portrait of Private William Jackson VC of the 17th Battalion. Private Jackson was awarded the Victoria Cross for his action in rescuing wounded comrades under heavy shellfire following a raid on German lines near Armentieres, France on 25 June 1916. Private Jackson was himself...

A02641A

J03075

1927-04-25. AUSTRALIAN VICTORIA CROSS (VC) WINNERS WHO TOOK PART IN THE ANZAC DAY MARCH IN MELBOURNE, WAITING TO ENTER THE EXHIBITION BUILDING, WHERE A COMMEMORATION SERVICE WAS HELD. LEFT TO RIGHT: CAPTAIN R.C. GRIEVE, 2ND LIEUT W. RUTHVEN, CAPT J.E. NEWLAND, 2ND LIEUT J. HAMILTON, LIEUT. A....

J03075

J03076

MELBOURNE, AUS. 1927-04-25. AUSTRALIAN VICTORIA CROSS (VC) WINNERS WHO TOOK PART IN THE 1927 ANZAC DAY MARCH. IN THE BACKGROUND ARE THE KING'S AND REGIMENTAL COLOURS OF THE A.M.F. BATTALIONS AND REGIMENTS. LEFT TO RIGHT:- CORPORAL (CPL) B.S. GORDON MM, CPL T.L. AXFORD MM, CPL J. CARROLL, SERGEANT...

J03076

P01383.006

A portrait of Private John William Alexander Jackson VC. This photograph is a portion of P01383.017, a framed composite photograph (photo-montage) presented to Lieutenant John Hamilton VC by Dr Mannix on the occasion of the Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in Melbourne, 17 March 1920. The composite...

P01383.006

P01383.017

A framed composite photograph presented to Lieutenant John Hamilton VC by His Grace the Archbishop of Melbourne and the Irish citizens of Victoria, on the occasion of the Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in Melbourne, 17 March 1920. The composite photograph comprises portraits of fourteen Victoria...

P01383.017

P01383.018

This is a restored version of P01383.017. The original is is a framed composite photograph presented to Lieutenant John Hamilton VC by his Grace the Archbishop of Melbourne and the Irish citizens of Victoria on the occasion of the Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in Melbourne, 17 March 1920. The...

P01383.018

P02939.008

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...

P02939.008

P01992.001

Portrait of Private William Jackson VC of 17th Infantry Battalion in a park setting. Private Jackson was awarded the Victoria Cross for his action in rescuing wounded comrades under heavy shellfire following a raid on German lines near Armentieres, France on 25 June 1916. Private Jackson was...

P01992.001

P00343.001

PORTRAIT OF PRIVATE WILLIAM JACKSON VC OF 17TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION, AIF. PRIVATE JACKSON WAS AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR HIS ACTION IN RESCUING WOUNDED COMRADES UNDER HEAVY SHELLFIRE FOLLOWING A RAID ON GERMAN LINES NEAR ARMENTIERES, FRANCE, 1916-06-25. PRIVATE JACKSON WAS HIMSELF...

P00343.001

Published Collection

Cigarette card of Private W. Jackson, V.C.

Cigarette card showing a portrait of Private John William Alexander Jackson, VC. Part of a series of cards depicting Australian VCs and Officers printed by Sniders and Abrahams.

RC01777

Timeline

Date of birth 1897-09-13
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1915-02-20 17 Battalion.
Date of embarkation 1915-05-12
Date of honour or award 1916-06-26 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 1916-07-18
Other 1917-09 Invalided to Australia, after being wounded in the action for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Date of death 1959-08-04