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  • Name: Harold JACKSON
  • D.O.B: 26th June, 1892
  • D.O.A: 31st March, 1918
  • D.O.D: 24th August, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Sergeant, 7th Battalion The East Yorkshire Regiment, 50th Brigade, 17th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Bouzincourt, France 31 March 1918

31 March 1918

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By the end of March the Front Line ran through Albert on the River Ancre. Here, on 31 March, 7th Battalion The East Yorks mounted an attack with four Whippet tanks in an unsuccessful attempt to recover positions between Bouzincourt and Aveluy, just north of Albert, lost to the Germans two days earlier.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. Sjt. Jackson volunteered and went out through the hostile barrage and brought back valuable information regarding the enemy’s movements. Later, when the enemy had established themselves in our line, this N.C.O. rushed at them and, single-handed, bombed them out into the open. Shortly afterwards, again singlehanded, he stalked an enemy machine-gun, threw Mills bombs at the detachment, and put the gun out of action. On a subsequent occasion, when all his officers had become casualties, this very gallant N.C.O. led his company in the attack, and, when ordered to retire, he withdrew the company successfully under heavy fire. He then went out repeatedly under heavy fire and carried in wounded. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 7 May 1918. 8 May 1918, Numb. 30675, p. 5556

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