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  • Name: John William Alexander JACKSON
  • D.O.B: 13th Sep, 1897
  • D.O.A: 26th Jun, 1916
  • D.O.D: 4th Aug, 1959
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 17th Battalion (NSW), 5th Brigade, 2nd Division, Australian Imperial Force
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Near Armentières, France 25-26 June 1916

25-26 June 1916

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The First World War 1916 

A large number of British raids were mounted in the days leading up to the Battle of the Somme. During one of these on the night of 25-26 June 1916 in the Armentières sector, eighty-two Australians entered the trenches of the 231st Prussian Reserve Infantry Regiment and destroyed two bomb stores but as they returned across no man’s land they were shelled. Having brought in one wounded man, Private J W A Jackson, 17th Battalion Australian Imperial Force, went out with Sergeant Camden of the 19th Battalion to bring in Private Robinson, when they were hit by a shell.


 For most conspicuous bravery. On the return from a successful raid, several members of the raiding party were seriously wounded in “No Man’s Land” by shell fire. Private Jackson got back safely and, after handing over a prisoner whom he had brought in, immediately went out again under a very heavy shell fire and assisted in bringing in a wounded man. He then went out again, and with a serjeant was bringing in another wounded man, when his arm was blown off by a shell and the serjeant was rendered unconscious. He then returned to our trenches, obtained assistance, and went out again to look for his two wounded comrades. He set a splendid example of pluck and determination. His work has always been marked by the greatest coolness and bravery. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 8 September 1916. 9 September 1916, Numb. 29740, pp. 8870-71

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