Albert Daniel JACKSON
Rank: Private
Number: 49895
Unit: 9th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 1 August 1917
Age: 35
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

Albert was born in Stockport, the son of Joseph Wadsworth Jackson and Sarah Jane Wadsworth. The 1901 Census records him working in a cotton mill.

Albert enlisted at Chester and his original service number, 4506, indicates he original joined one of the Regiment's Territorial Battalions. This was probably in mid-1915. A year later, a large draft of recruits with similar service numbers arrived on the Western Front as replacements for casualties that had been suffered in the opening days of the Battle of the Somme. They were split up with batches being sent ot the different Battalions in need of troops. At this point, Albert will have been given the above service number.

On the day he was killed, the Battalion was in trenches at Onraet Wood, near the Belgian village of Oosttaverne (6 kilometres south of Ypres). The Third Battle of Ypres (Passchedaele) had started the previous day, although the main fighting was to the east and north of Ypres. The Cheshires' War Diary makes no mention of any casualties for the day but the fact that Albert has no known grave perhaps suggests that he was killed by a direct hit from an artillery shell.

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