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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 12 May 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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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