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Henry Edward Jackson (1889-1968)

Witton Park man joined the Canadian Army Medical Corps

The son of local sawyer Edward Jackson and his wife Mary Jane, Henry Edward Jackson was born on 18th April 1889 at home in Black Road, Witton Park. On 31st March 1910 he arrived in Nova Scotia having crossed the Atlantic on board the SS Grampian, making for Crystal City, Manitoba where he worked as a labourer; a job he had been doing for seven years. The 1916 census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta shows him working as a farm labourer in Lisgar.

On 30th November 1916 he enlisted with the 10th Canadian Army Medical Corps Training depot in Winnipeg, as Private 524201 in the 11th Reinforcement Draft. In late February of 1917 he was ill with influenza and admitted to Winnipeg General Hospital but by 03-Mar-1917 he sailed with the 11th RD, Canadian Army Medical Corps (CAMC) aboard the SS Canada from Halifax to Liverpool. On arrival he was posted to the CAMC Depot, Westenhanger and a month later, on the 20th April he was transferred to ADMS, Witley and attached to 161st Battalion for duty with the Water Detail. On 23rd February 1918 he ceased to be attached to 161st Battalion on the disbanding of the 5th Canadian Division in England and joined the 14th Field Ambulance at WItley. During March of that year Henry remained with the CAMC GD at Witley pending posting overseas until he arrived in Le Havre on the 23rd and was attached to the CCRC.

Throughout July and August he was attached to the 6th Field Ambulance, 2nd Canadian Division and joined his unit at Bretencourt. His service record shows that on 30th November 1918 he was awarded the GCB.

The 6th Field Ambulance left Le Havre for Southampton on 9th April 1919 and was posted to N Wing, CCC Witley, where on the 14th a Discharge Medical Board found that Henry had no disabilities arising from service. The following month he sailed with the 6th Field Ambulance, RT Canada aboard SS Northland from Liverpool to Halifax. He travelled on to Montreal where he was demobilised on the 24th May 1919.

By 1920 Henry must have returned to England as in October of that year £13 9s 6d, (CAD$65,60), was mailed to him at his last known address, Wilton Mill Farm, Witton-le-Wear, County Durham. He had previously received CAD $280.00 Post Discharge Pay on discharge at Montreal.

Henry died at Bishop Auckland in 1968.

Civil Parish: Escomb

Birth date: 18-Apr-1889

Death date: 1968

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: Black Road, Witton Park (birthplace)
Crystal City, Manitoba, Canada (enlistment papers)
(1911 Canadian census)
Witton Mill Farm, Witton-le-Wear, Bishop Auckland

Religion: Methodist

Employment: Labourer (1911 Canadian census), Farmer (enlistment papers)

Family: Parents: Edward Jackson, Mary Jane Jackson (nee Bowron)
Siblings: Elizabeth A Jackson, Fred Jackson, Ella Mary Jackson

Military service:

(pre-war militia)
161st Battalion, Canadian Army Medical Corps (CAMC)
6th Field Ambulance, 2nd Canadian Division

Medal(s): GCB
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Gender: Male

Contributed by Jean Longstaff, Durham | Jim Busby, Canada

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