Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The story of one Anzac Solider: Ernest Jackson

Ernest Jackson AnzacErnest Jackson was born in 1890, Henry his brother was born 1892 both at Milton and they both served in WW1.

Their mother Clara died in 1893, and their 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 WW1 in September 1914 at Lismore on the North Coast, they were living at Lillian Rock Nimbin and both became members of the 9th Battalion.

At Anzac Cove Gallipoli Ernest received wounds on 28 April 1915, and died aboard the hospital ship Gascon on 2 May 1915 at the age of 25 years.

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.

Ernest Jackson anzac woodstock cemeteryAt the Woodstock Congregational Cemetery on their mother’s grave, there is a memorial to Ernest and his death at Anzac Cove – Gallipoli.

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

The Jackson brothers names are not listed on the Milton Town memorial but Ernest and Henry names are listed on many other local honour rolls: Milton Public School, Croobyar Public School, Milton Congregational Church and Croobyar Public School along with Ernest and Henry Jackson mentioned in the weekly Milton’s Roll of Honor published in the Times Newspaper.

In April 2015 with the lead up to the centenary of Australian and New Zealand troops land on the shores of Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, the team at Ulladulla.Info visited the Woodstock Congregational Cemetery Milton, to see Ernest’s memorial headstone. anzac Ernest Jackson milton nswIt was laying on the ground face up, surrounding by overgrown grass and weeds. 100 years is not showing much wear and tear of the engraving on the memorial headstone

So as we all honour and remember the men and women who fought at Gallipoli in 1915 and during WW1, may be we should also be reviewing the condition of all the memorials and honour rolls from WW1.

In the 1960s the Milton Public School honour roll went missing and time has destroyed the Milton Methodist Flag.

The Milton Ulladulla RSL have wonderfully preserved over the years the Croobyar Public School, Burrill School and the Yatte Yattah community honour rolls which are on display at Kendall Cottage Ulladulla.

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