Diamond War Memorial Project

Sergeant James Henry Jackson

1st/10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Regimental Number 15634
Born: 1884-02-12 Died: 1918-03-22 Aged: 34 Enlisted: Londonderry

Name recorded on a memorial dedicated to the memory of members of the brethren of City of Derry Temperance Loyal Orange Lodge 1007, Coronation Loyal Orange Lodge 1062, Royal Union Loyal Orange Lodge 1166, and Royal Black Preceptory 237, who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War, 1914-1918. Name also recorded on Christ Church (Church of Ireland), Londonderry, World War 1 Memorial, listed on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France, and commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of George (possibly coachpainter, and husband of Rebecca Jackson, who died May 8, 1934, and was buried in Londonderry City Cemetery) Jackson, 50, Fountain Street, Londonderry. Possibly brother of May, who married William James Campbell, youngest son of Samuel Campbell, 12, Northland Avenue, Londonderry, on July 15, 1919, at Christ Church, Londonderry. Brother of Mrs Maggie Nutter and Mrs Annie Black. Brother of George Jackson, 4, Stewart's Close, Lower Road, Londonderry. Nephew of Charles Jackson, Lower Road, Londonderry.

Sergeant Jackson was employed as a coachpainter with Mr Thomas Ferguson, Magazine Street, Londonderry, prior to the Great War. He joined up on the outbreak of the war and went to France with the Ulster Division in September 1915. He was awarded a Military Medal and Ulster Division Certificate for great gallantry and devotion to duty on July 1, 1916, in the Thiepval sector. On his platoon officer being wounded, on that occasion, he took charge of the platoon, and, although wounded in the lung, did most excellent work until the battalion was relieved. He was awarded a Bar to the Military Medal for gallantry in reorganising his platoon and repelling an attack during the battle of Messines on June 7, 1917. He took part in the fighting of the spring of 1918, and was last seen leading his platoon when the Germans then broke through the British lines. He was afterwards reported to have been killed in action during that battle. At the time of his death, his brother, Sergeant William Jackson, Derry Volunteers, was still on active service. Another brother, Private Charles Jackson, of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, was wounded at the Dardanelles in 1915.

Three years after the death of Sergeant Jackson in action, members of his family had the following in memoriam lines inserted in a Londonderry newspaper:

'He sleeps beside his comrades

In a hallowed grave unknown,

But his name is written forever

In the hearts he has left at home.'

Five years after the death of Sergeant Jackson, members of his family placed the following tribute to his memory in a Londonderry newspaper:

'Not dead to those who loved him;

Not lost, but gone before;

He lives with us in memory still,

And will for evermore.'