Images courtesy of John Michael Bryant.



Born: 29th February 1892, Ipswich.

Died: 19th August 1916; age 24; KiA – at the Battle of the Somme whilst leading his men.

Evening Star – Friday, 25th August 1916 – SECOND-LIEUTENANT JOHN JACKSON – Mr. and Mrs. John T. Jackson, of 97, Fore Street, Ipswich, has received a telegram from the War Office that their only son, Second Lieutenant John Jackson, of the Dorset Regiment, attached to the Gloucesters, was killed in action in France on the 20th August. The following letter has also been received from Chaplain James R. Foster: – “My dear sir, It is with considerable regret that I write to inform you that your son was killed in action and that I buried him yesterday. It will, I am sure, be a comfort to you to know that death was instantaneous; also that he had a Christian burial. He lies buried in a burial ground amidst other of his fallen comrades. His grave will be well cared for, and a cross will be erected in due course. I am asking that a photo be sent to you of the grave. He was immensely popular with both men and officers, of whom quite a number were present at the funeral. He is one of the many who have done their duty bravely dying for King and country. May God bless and comfort you in this great hour of trial.”

Residence: 97, Fore Street, Ipswich.


John was a dispenser at Dovercourt Military Hospital from November 1914, till August 1915, when he obtained a commission in the 3rd Dorsetshire Regiment.


Date of Entry Therein: 27th June 1916 – France.


Rank: Lieutenant.

Regiment: Dorsetshire Regiment, 3rd Battalion attached 2nd/5th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Laventie Military Cemetery,

La Gorgue,



Relatives Notified & Address: Only son of John Thomas & Lydia Jackson, of 97, Fore Street, Ipswich.




1901   97, Fore Street, Ipswich.


John was 9 years old and living with his parents & sister.

John Thomas Jackson, 38, a Chemist and druggist – own account, born Scotforth, Lancashire.

Lydia Jackson (nee Went), 37, born Brightlingsea, Essex.

Mary Jackson, 7, born Ipswich.

1 servant.


1911   28, Broadway, Bromley, Kent.


John was 19 years old, a Chemist Apprentice Shop Keeper. He was a boarder & employee to Henry David Kelf, a Pharmaceutical Chemist Shopkeeper – own account.



The chemist shop in Fore Street, Ipswich, was owned by John Thomas Jackson & his wife Lydia.


John was educated at Ipswich School – entered 1906.


John is also remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School and the war memorial at St. Clement’s Church, Ipswich.







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