Sunday, 8 November 2015

Croix de Guerre for Private Jackson

Monday 8th November 1915: Yesterday General Haig, commanding 1st Army yesterday presented 4/6722 Pte W Jackson with the French decoration, the Croix de Guerre. This man was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for the following act of gallantry. On the night of 30th September, near Hulluch, when the enemy had gained a footing in Gun Trench he continued firing his machine guns although attacked on three sides. On his gun failing he picked it up and retired across the open for 50 yards with the Germans at his heels and succeeded in regaining our trench(1).

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(1) Sadly Lance Corporal Walter Jackson, as he became, died of wounds on 3rd July 1916. He was from Hertfordshire and is buried in Dive Copse British Cemetery, Sailly-le-Sec.

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