Harvey Jackson, Private 39964, 2nd Bn. South Lancashire Regiment
Died of wounds 21st August 1918 in Belgium, aged 32
Harvey Jackson was born in Coventry in 1886. He may have been the son of Ellen (nee Wright) and Sidney William Jackson, who were both born in Coventry and came to Macclesfield around 1889-90. Sidney Jackson was a watchmaker, as was his father, and the family lived in Sunderland Street. In the 1891 and 1901 censuses their son was listed as Harry or Harold, and he was a butcher in 1901.
In 1909 Harvey married Florence Salt, who was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, at the Congregational Chapel, Park Green, Macclesfield. Two years later the couple were living at 41 Buckley St, Macclesfield, and had a one-year-old daughter, Florence. Harvey was employed by the Macclesfield Co-operative Society as a pork butcher.
Harvey enlisted in Macclesfield on 21 February 1916 and was drafted out to France in June 1917. He was wounded and reported missing on 21 August 1918 and was later assumed to have lost his life on or after that date.
The Macclesfield Times reported on 12 September 1919 that Harvey was assumed to have been killed:
LOCAL SOLDIER PRESUMED DEAD – Official notification has been received by Mrs Jackson, Macclesfield, to the effect that her husband, Pte Harvey Jackson, South Lancashire Regt, who was reported missing in France on August 21st, 1918, is now presumed to have died on or after that date. Strange to relate, Mrs Jackson had a field card from her husband on the date he was reported missing, in which he informed her that he had been wounded. Mrs Jackson heard nothing further beyond a communication from a comrade of Pte Jackson, who said he placed him on a stretcher on the 21st August.
Prior to joining the Army, Pte Jackson resided with his wife at 216 Buxton Road. He was 32 years of age and had been in the employ of the Macclesfield Co-operative Society for 18 years. He enlisted on February 21st 1916 and was drafted out to France in June 1917.
Private Harvey Jackson is buried at Locre No. 10 Cemetery, Belgium, in grave ref. C. 13. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Harvey Jackson, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901, 1911
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects (Ancestry)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 12 September 1919