Percy Edward JACKSON

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JACKSON, Percy Edward

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 16 April 1915, Oaklands, South Australia
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Eganstown, Victoria, 2 May 1891
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Eganstown State School
Occupation: Commission Agent
Died: Died of wounds, France, 31 May 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Broken Hill Barrier District Roll of Honour, Broken Hill War Memorial, Broken Hill Wesley Uniting Church Memorial Windows, Kew War Memorial, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board, Unley Wayville Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

16 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer, Oaklands, South Australia
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
8 Aug 1915: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 28th Infantry Battalion
4 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 28th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
1 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 28th Infantry Battalion
31 May 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer, 28th Infantry Battalion, GSW - (head)

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"LATE CAPT. P. E. JACKSON.

The late Capt. Percy E. Jackson, who as died of injuries received in action on May 31, was born at Eganstown, Victoria, on May 2, 1891, and was the youngest son of Mr. Thomas Gledville Jackson, of Creswick, Victoria. Two other brothers enlisted. Cpl. H. M. Jackson was recently invalided home after having spent 10 weeks in the trenches at Gallipoli. Warrant-Officer A. J. Jackson is in the Base Records Offices, in Melbourne. The late Capt. Jackson resided at Eganstown until he was 16 years of age, when be took up his residence with his brother, Mr. C. W. Jackson, at Penola. He was recommended by the late Col. T. Patterson as a suitable recruit for the S.A.I.R. before he had attained his seventeenth birthday. He had obtained a commission at the age of 19, which was prior to the introduction of compulsory military service. After having spent four years at Penola he moved to Narracoorte, where he was appointed to a position of responsibility in the Senior Cadets. He moved to Unley in 1913, and became senior subaltern of E. Company in the old 74th Regiment, under Col. Dollman, but for business reasons decided to move to Broken Hill in 1914, when he was appointed adjutant.

He attended an officers' school at Brighton in December, 1914, and passed as first lieutenant. Returning to Broken Hill, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the 81st Regiment, which post he filled until he was finally accepted in January, 1915, for active service abroad. He went into camp at Oaklands, and was attached as O.C. of D Com pany, A.I.F., and when the 27th Battalion was formed he was for a time O.C. of A and D Companies respectively. Capt. Jackson embarked for Egypt on May 31, 1915, holding an appointment as second in command of D Company; but on reaching Western Australia he was transferred to the 28th Battalion as second in command of B Company, with which he served in Egypt and at Gallipoli. He was on the peninsula until the evacuation, and during that period was twice senior officer of his company during the temporary disablement of the O.C. Receiving his captaincy while in the trenches, and passing through the campaign without mishap, he returned to Egypt, where he qualified to be a major." - from the Adelaide Observer 01 Jul 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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