Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ambrose Richard Phillip Jackson

Serial Number and Rank:  231, Private
Birth:  Milton 12 June 1896
Lived in the Milton district till the age of 7 years when his Family moved to a farm at Knockrow Bangalow NSW
Parents:  John Jackson and Mary Ann Hapgood
Occupation – Farmer.
Enlisted at a Street Rally in Lismore on 10 July 1915, attestation Brisbane 16 July 1915 assigned to 31st Battalion A Company.  A & B Coy from Queensland and D & E Coys were from Victoria joined the other Coys in the Battalion for basic training at Broadmeadow in Victoria. Left Melbourne for overseas service 9 November 1915 on the SS Wandilla arriving at Heliopolis Egypt.
Next of Kin:  F. John Jackson of Knockroe (sic) Bangalow NSW
Service:  The 31st Battalion was joined by the 5th Australia Division in Tel el Kebir in January 1916, they marched to the Ferry Post at Ismalia and relieved the New Zealanders in the desert. Leter they travelled to France on the SS Horarato on 15 June 1916. Then travelling by train to Morbecque Belguim for the trenches at Bois Grenier. By July the 31st Battalion was moved to the French front, pulled out on the 16 July 1916 and moved to Fleurbaix sector, taking part in the BVattle of Fromelles on 19 July 1916 in which there was 680 casaulties in the 31st Battalion. The Battalion was moved to the Armentiers where Ambrose was wounded. After treatment in Sheffield England he returned to his Battaion in France in October 1917. Ambrose was again wounded in late September 1918 with schrapnell lodging in his spine, he was operated in Bath England by King George V personal surgeon
Also in the 31st Battalion was Paddy BUGDEN VC from Astonville.
Ambrose was wounded in the hip after warfare with the Germans in August 1918
RTA 31 March 1919 aboard the SS Khyer at Brisbane
Medals:  1914/15 Star, British War medal and the Victory Medal
Death:  1 July 1993 Ballina Hospital. Burial:  Bangalow Cemetery NSW
Marriage:  Mabel Smith 1931 Lismore
Ambrose was known as Amby Jackson, he was a life member of the Ballina RSL Men’s Bowling Club and also the Ballina Sub Branch of the RSL.
Source: war memories notes written by Ambrose Jackson

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