Jackson, Thomas

Thomas Jackson, Corporal 10196, 2nd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Died of wounds 9th June 1917 in Greece, aged 23

 

EARLY LIFE

Husband of Mary Ann Parker (formerly Jackson), of 73 Paradise St., Macclesfield, Cheshire.

 

WW1 SERVICE

The death of Thomas Jackson was reported in the Macclesfield Advertiser on 15 June 1917:

CORPORAL T JACKSON, OF MACCLESFIELD (DIED OF WOUNDS) – On Wednesday morning Mrs Jackson, residing at 27 Catherine Street, Macclesfield, received intimation that her husband, Corporal Thomas Jackson, had succumbed to wounds whilst on active service at Salonika. Corpl Jackson was a native of Bollington, and his parents reside at Lord Street. Prior to enlisting he was employed at Clarence Cotton Mill, Bollington. He was one of the early volunteers who joined the colours soon after the war broke out. He joined the Cheshires and was soon on active service in France where, after three months, he was invalided home with frostbite. He was eventually drafted to Salonika, where the fates were again unkind and he contracted a fever. He was also formerly connected with the Church Lads’ Brigade as sergeant drill instructor for the drums, and a scholar at St George’s Sunday School, High Street, Macclesfield.

Corporal Thomas Jackson (23) enlisted at the start of the war. At that time, he resided in Crompton Road, Macclesfield, and was leader of the St George’s Boys Brigade. He was drafted from Scotland to the front before Christmas 1914. Before his marriage, three years ago, he resided with his mother at Bollington, where he was educated at the Bollington C.E. Schools. He was a member of Bollington Church Sunday School, and a prominent official of the Church Lads’ Brigade, in which he won six medals, one of which was for bugling. He was well-known as an athlete, and was awarded a medal for wrestling. Only yesterday his mother received a letter from him which was written in Salonika and posted May 20th. He was killed on the 9th inst, being fatally wounded in the abdomen. He leaves a widow and one child, who reside in Catherine Street, Macclesfield.

 

COMMEMORATION

Corporal Thomas Jackson is buried in Grave Ref. IX. D. 2. of the Struma Military Cemetery in Greece. His wife asked for the words REST IN PEACE to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Corporal Thomas Jackson, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Corporal Thomas Jackson is commemorated on the Park GreenTown Hall and St George’s Church war memorials.

 

NOTES

 

SOURCES

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Advertiser: 15 June 1917


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