Jackson, Hugh (No. 436733)

Jackson, Hugh

Private

No. 436733, ‘C’ Company, 49th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Killed in action on Monday 1 May 1916 (aged 23)

Buried:

New Irish Farm Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium (Grave XXXII. C. 11)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)

Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance

Bloomfield Presbyterian Church Belfast

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

Family grave headstone in Comber Cemetery

BIOGRAPHY

Private Hugh Jackson (No. 436733) is commemorated on the Jackson family grave headstone in Comber Cemetery.

Hugh Jackson was born on 24 October 1892 at 52 Harper Street, Belfast and he was the eldest son of Hugh and Maria Jackson (nee Ringland) who were married on 23 December 1891 in Donegall Street Independent Church Belfast.  Hugh Jackson, a blacksmith from Beechfield Street was a son of John Jackson, a baker.  Maria Ringland from Beechfield Street was a daughter of William Ringland, a blacksmith.

The Jackson family lived in Belfast, in Harper Street and in Cheviot Avenue, Strandtown.

Hugh Jackson Senior was a blacksmith and he and Maria had nine children:

Hugh (born 24 October 1892 at 52 Harper Street, Belfast)

William John (born 21 July 1894 at 52 Harper Street, Belfast; died of a perforated duodenal ulcer 16 March 1909 aged 14)

Annie (born 1896 at 52 Harper Street, Belfast; died 3 May 1961, interred in Canada)

George McCracken (born 19 November 1898 at 25 Cheviot Avenue, Belfast)

Margaret (born 13 December 1900 at 25 Cheviot Avenue, Belfast)

Dora (born 19 February 1903 at 83 Cheviot Avenue, Belfast)

Helen (born 20 September 1904 at 83 Cheviot Avenue, Belfast)

Sarah (born 30 January 1906 at 83 Cheviot Avenue, Belfast)

May (born 1 January 1911 at 83 Cheviot Avenue, Belfast; died 27 February 1912)

Hugh Jackson Junior attended Belmont Boys’ School and in 1911 he was a Pupil Teacher in the school.

He emigrated to Canada in 1912 and was employed as a bookkeeper in the Engineers’ Department at Edmonton Town Hall when he enlisted on 3 February 1915.  It was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 10¾ inches tall with a medium complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.

He sailed from Montreal aboard the SS Metagama, arrived in England in September 1915 and joined the 49th Battalion on the Western Front on 30 September 1915.  He made his will on 8 October and in it he left all his property and effects to his mother Maria.

Private Hugh Jackson (No. 436733) was killed in action on 1 May 1916 (aged 23) and was buried in the New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium.

There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

FATHER IN THY GRACIOUS KEEPING

LEAVE WE NOW OUR LOVED ONE SLEEPING

Private Hugh Jackson (No. 436733) is commemorated in Bloomfield Presbyterian Church Belfast and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 291).

His father, Hugh Jackson Senior, died on 26 March 1942 (aged 74) and his mother, Maria Jackson, died on 3 September 1951 (aged 84).