Saturday, December 10, 2016

Ernest Jackson

Ernest Jackson AnzacSerial Number and Rank:  867 Private
Birth:  Milton 3 May 1890
Parents:  James Jackson and Clara Smith
Enlisted:  Lismore 3 September 1914
Next of Kin:  F. James Jackson of Lillian Rock Nimbin
Service:  C Company 9th Battalion 3rd Brigade Reg. No. 867
Death:  DOW on hospital ship ‘Gascon’ – 2 May 1915, wounds received 28 April 1915 Anzac Cove
The Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 31), Gallipoli, Turkey
Also there is a memorial at Woodstock Congregational Cemetery Milton with Mother’s headstone.
Honour Rolls:  Milton Public School
Croobyar Public School
Milton Congregational
Ernest helped to form the Cadet Corps in Milton.
Brother – Henry Phillip Jackson also served in WW1

Ernest Jackson was born in 1890, Henry was born 1892 at Milton, his mother Clara died in 1893, his father later married her younger sister Catherine and the family moved to Knockrow in about 1904.

Ernest was one of the original members of the Milton volunteer cadet corps when form in 1901. Both brothers enlisted into the war in September 1914 at Lismore, they were living at Lillian Rock Nimbin and became members of the 9th Battalion.

At the Woodstock Congregational Cemetery on their mother’s grave, there is a memorial to Ernest.  At Anzac Cove at Gallipoli he received wounds on April 28, 1915, and died aboard the hospital ship ‘Gascon’ on May 2, 1915. His brother Henry also with the 9th Battalion wrote to his father saying that Ernest taken to the ship, and was anxious about what happened to him.

Their father James learnt about Ernest’s death at Gallipoli in the newspaper before the official letter arrived. Ernest name is listed on Panel 31 at The Lone Pine Memorial Gallipoli.

The Hospital ship Gascon was one of the ships which carried wounded personnel from Gallipoli to Alexandria Egypt. Barges would bring wounded soldiers alongside the Hospital Ship Gascon. The staff of Gascon was made up from the Indian Medical Service medical officers, a Royal Army Medical Corps matron, Australian nursing sisters and Royal Army Corps and Indian Medical Service orderlies.

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