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WR/253899 Sapper Robert Jackson

C.M.E., 37th Miscellaneous Trades Company
Royal Engineers

died of influenza 16th November 1918

aged 40

St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen

Kirkinner Place, Bridge of Weir
Son of William Jackson and Margaret Whyte
Husband of Elizabeth Hay Andrew
Father of William and Janet

His Life

Robert Jackson was born on 8th August 1877 at 19 Shamrock Street, Glasgow, the youngest of a family of ten born to William McLeod Jackson, a house painter originally from Greenock, Renfrewshire and Margaret Whyte, from Glasgow, who had married in Gorbals, Glasgow on 15th July 1853.

In 1871, William (39), Margaret (39) and their family of eight were living in 79 South Woodside Road, Barony, Glasgow.

By 1881 the Jackson family of nine including Robert (3) was living at 159 Shamrock Street, Barony, Glasgow. Three of the children who were on the 1871 Census, William, Janet and Alexander were no longer in the family home. Colin was a housepainter, Fleming a woodcarver, Mary and Margaret were powerloom weavers, and Jane was a photographic printer.

In 1891 the family, with five children remaining, was still in Shamrock Street. Mary and Jane (Jeanie) were now shop assistants, Lillie was a warehouse girl and Robert (13) was still at school.

In 1901, still in Shamrock Street, Margaret (68) was head of the household, Lillias was a tea-room waitress and Robert (23) had followed his father's trade as a house painter. They had taken in a boarder, Duncan McFarlane (26) a draper's assistant from Comrie.

Robert Jackson (32) married Elizabeth Hay Andrew (28), grocer's assistant, daughter of Henry Andrew, gardener, and Janet Boyd, Claremont Place, Bridge of Weir in Claremont Place on 14th June 1910. Elizabeth was the sister of John and Henry Andrew, destined to be two more names on the Memorial.

In 1911, Robert (33) and Elizabeth (29) were living in a 2-roomed flat in 32 Doncaster Street, Woodside, Glasgow. Robert was a house painter. A son, William M was born in Bridge of Weir on 10th May 1911 and a daughter Janet B on 17th November 1915.

Robert Jackson signed his attestation papers on 3rd December 1915 and was in Army Reserve until mobilised on 26th July 1916 to the Depot Railway Troops, Royal Engineers at Longmoor, Hampshire. His original regimental number as a Sapper was 190067. He was transferred from the Chief Mechanical Engineer's department, to 37th Miscellaneous Trades Company based in France on 24th March 1917. He improved his skills while in service and reached "Superior" proficiency on 1st September 1918.

But in early November 1918 he was admitted to Rouen hospital, northern France with headache and general pains. He died on 16th November 1918, a victim of the influenza epidemic, five days after the armistice and the day before his daughter's third birthday. His widow, Elizabeth, had already lost two brothers.


1871 Census 1881 Census 1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Age Name Age Name Age Name Age Name Age
William16 Glasgow, Lanark
Colin15 Colin25Colin35 Glasgow, Lanark
Janet13 Glasgow, Lanark
Fleming11 Fleming21Glasgow, Lanark
Mary9 Mary19Mary28Glasgow, Lanark
Jane6 Jane 16Jeanie26Glasgow, Lanark
Margaret4 Margaret14Glasgow, Lanark
Alexander2 Glasgow, Lanark
Lillie6Lillie16Lilias26Glasgow, Lanark
Robert3 Robert13 Robert23 Robert*33Glasgow, Lanark

* = not in William and Margaret Jackson's family home - see text for details


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