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George Jackson CAPT GEO JACKSON 18TH H.L.I.

Captain George Jackson

18th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry

killed in action 25th August 1917

aged 25

Villers Faucon Communal Cemetery
Ranfurly Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir
Ranfurly Castle Golf Club Memorial
Paisley Grammar School Memorial
Glasgow Academy Memorial
Kilbarchan Cemetery

Son of William Jackson and Jean Bain
Woodholm, Bridge of Weir

His Life

Brothers George and Andrew Jackson were both killed in World War I. George was born on 23rd September 1891 at 8 St. Alban's Terrace, Dowanhill, Partick, the son of William Cowan Jackson, of Jackson Brothers, Glasgow, and Jean Lang Bain, from Kirkintilloch who had married on 8th August 1890 in Blythswood, Glasgow.

In 1891 William (33) and Jean (27) were living in 8 Highburgh Road, Partick, Glasgow. William was a Sugar Merchant. Grace Chisholm (13) from Keith, Banffshire, was their domestic servant.

By 1901, they had three sons and were living in Highburgh, Donaldfield Road, Bridge of Weir. The three boys, including George (9), were all at school. Elizabeth McGibbon (18) and May Hamilton (18) were domestic servants.

By 1911 the family had moved to Woodholm, Ranfurly, Bridge of Weir and William senior was still a sugar merchant. George (19) was a clerk to a provision merchant; Andrew was a stockbroker's clerk; William junior was still at school. There were no servants in residence.

George was educated at Paisley Grammar School and Glasgow Academy and served in the Territorial Army in the 9th (Glasgow Highlanders) Battalion, HLI. He entered the theatre of war in France in November 1914 as a Private with the first detachment of Territorials to leave the district.

In April 1915 he received his commission as a Lieutenant. He was transfered to 18th HLI and early in 1916 he was promoted to Captain. He was attached to the Staff for a few months and re-joined his Battalion only a few days before he was killed near Epehy on 25th August 1917. A British attack taking Guillemont Farm had been followed by a German counter-attack on the same position. Captain Jackson led his men on a further counter-attack when he was killed leading from the front. He is buried a few miles from where he fell in Villers Faucon between Peronne and Cambrai in the Somme departement.

George was the second of the two Jackson brothers to fall.


1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Age Name Age
George9 George19 Partick, Lanark
Andrew B7 Andrew B17 Partick, Lanark
William B5 Wm M15 Partick, Lanark


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