A fine Canadian Great War Third Battle of Ypres Tramway operations Abraham Heights near Gravenstafel 10th November 1917 Military Medal and Victory Medal pair awarded to Corporal later Acting Company Sergeant Major W. Jackson, 123rd Canadian Pioneer Battalion, later Canadian Light Railway Construction Company and 2nd Tramways Company, who saw service out on the Western Front from March 1916, and was twice wounded during the Battle of the Somme on 31st December 1916 and 12th January 1917. but remained on duty on both occasions. Decorated for his

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A fine Canadian Great War Third Battle of Ypres Tramway operations Abraham Heights near Gravenstafel 10th November 1917 Military Medal and Victory Medal pair awarded to Corporal later Acting Company Sergeant Major W. Jackson, 123rd Canadian Pioneer Battalion, later Canadian Light Railway Construction Company and 2nd Tramways Company, who saw service out on the Western Front from March 1916, and was twice wounded during the Battle of the Somme on 31st December 1916 and 12th January 1917. but remained on duty on both occasions. Decorated for his bravery in action on 10th November 1917 when in charge of tramway parties at Abraham Heights near Gravenstafel, he worked under very severe hostile shelling, and succeeded in finishing the task allotted for the day, in spite of the fact that working parties near him were forced to retire, and was this able to keep up traffic enabling construction material to be brought up from the rear.

Military Medal, GVR bust; (430803 CPL W. JACKSON. 123/CAN:PNR:BN:); Victory Medal; (430803 A.C.S.MJR. W. JACKSON. CAN.PNR.BN.)

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William Jackson was born on 24th January 1885 in Manchester, England, and his next-of-kin lived in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. Having emigrated to Canada where he lived in Victoria, British Columbia and worked as a painter as well as seeing service with the Canadian Militia in the 50th Regiment, with the outbreak of the Great War he attested for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Victoria on 23rd March 1915, and joined as a Private (No.430803) the 48th Battalion.

Posted to England on 10th July 1915, he then saw service out on the Western Front from 9th March 1916 with the 3rd Canadian Pioneers, and was promoted to Corporal on 24th September 1916. Taking part in the Battle of the Somme, he was wounded in action but remained on duty on 31st December 1916, and then was wounded in action and remained on duty on 12th January 1917. Having transferred to the 123rd Canadian Pioneer Battalion on 8th May 1917, he was then attached to the Canadian Corps Tramway Construction Company on 19th May 1917, but then ceased to be attached to this unit on 22nd September 1917, and rejoined the 123rd Canadian Pioneer Battalion.

Jackson was present during the Third Battle of Ypres when he won his Military Medal on 10th November 1917 when working in charge of tramway parties at Abraham Heights near Gravenstafel, his award being published in the London Gazette for 23rd February 1918.

The original recommendation reads as follows: ‘November 10th 1917, this Non Commissioned Officer was in charge of tramway parties at Abraham Heights near Gravenstafel. In spite of very severe hostile shelling this N.C.O succeeded in finishing the task allotted for the day, in spite of the fact that working parties near him were forced to retire. This N.C.O repaired six breaks on the line, thus kept up traffic enabling construction material to be brought up from the rear. This N.C.O on many occasions has shown great courage and devotion to duty.’

Jackson transferred to the Canadian Light Railway Construction Company on 23rd November 1917, this unit being subsequently retitled to the 2nd Tramways Company. Promoted to Sergeant on 24th November 1917, and on the same date appointed an Acting Company Sergeant Major, he reverted to Sergeant on 23rd March 1918, but was then appointed to Acting Sergeant Major on the same day, and confirmed in the rank of Staff Sergeant. Taken ill in June 1918, Jackson had contracted influenza, and was then returned to Canada on 1st August 1918 and discharged on 19th August 1919. Jackson died on 23rd August 1922 in Victoria as a result of tubercular meningitis.