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Tom Jackson was born in January 1898 at Singleton Farm, Broughton, Nr. Preston, he was the son of John and Mary Jackson (nee Rossall). Tom was the eldest of John and Mary`s nine children the others being Roger, Ann, William, Margery, May, John, George and Elsie.

In 1911 Tom was a schoolboy living with the family on his fathers dairy farm in Broughton.

On 4th March, 1913 Toms mother Mary died just a short while after her youngest child Elsie was born.

No service papers for Tom have survived but we know from an article that appeared in the Preston Guardian that he enlisted in the Army in October 1915 when he would have been just over seventeen and a half years old.

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KILLED BY SHELL

Private Thomas Jackson of the L.N.L. Regiment has been killed in action in France. He was the son of Mr. Jno. Jackson, Singleton Farm, Sharoe Green Lane, Broughton and was 18 years of age. He joined the Army in Oct. 1915, and was a victim to an exploding minenwerfer shell while in the front line trenches on July 1st. The shell killed four men and seriously injured four others. Private Jackson`s officer wrote of the deceased soldier as one of the keenest and smartest men in his platoon.

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Private Tom Jackson is buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery, France and was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.

Tom is also remembered on the Jackson family gravestone in St. JohnsChurch with the following inscription “also of their son Tom who died in France for King and Country, July 1st 1916 aged 18 years”

22501jackson2sSt. Johns Parish Churchyard, Broughton, Nr. Preston, Lancashire

Rank: Private
Service No: 22501
Date of Death: 01/07/1916
Age: 18
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.
Cemetery: BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY

This research was completed by Janet Davis.  Thomas Jackson’s mother Mary was Janet’s Great Auntie.

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Janet Davis has been researching her family history for many years and through this she discovered many relatives who served in WW1. This interest then led Janet to do many walking the battlefield tours with her husband. In April 2013 she discovered this website and volunteered to help. Janet believes that there are lots of stories still to be told, most of them very sad but at the same time they are a fascinating insight into the men, their families, what they did and where they came from.
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One Response to 22501 PTE. T. JACKSON. L.N.LAN.R

  1. David Jackson says:

    Thank you for the history relating to Tom Jackson, he was my great uncle, I have a picture of him in my bungalow in Samlesbury.

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