Charles JACKSON
Rank: Private
Number: 720735
Unit: 1/24th Battalion ROYAL FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 22 August 1918
Age:
Cemetery: Bray Vale British Cemetery, Bray-sur-Somme, France

Charles's connection with the Stockport area was unknown for some time, although a photograph of him appears in the 1919 edition of the Cheshire Year Book, and this was the only reference to identify the C Jackson whose name is inscribed on the Stockport War Memorial as serving with "other regiments". However, information recently received from a descendent confirms him to be one of five sons of George and Annie Jackson who went to War. Only two, John and William, would return to enjoy the peace. Joshua died on 4 October 1915 and is buried in France. George, the eldest, was wounded and returned home but succumbed to his injuries in 1919. He is buried in an official war grave at Stockport Borough Cemetery but has no commemoration on a civic war memorial in the Borough

When War was declared in 1914, Charles was living in the Clapham area of London when he enlisted into the army at nearby Kennington, joining the local Territorial Regiment as did many of his neighbours. He was brave man - twice winning the Military Medal for now unknown acts of gallantry in the early autumn of 1917 and, again, in the spring of 1918.

He was to be killed in one of the attacks which took place during the War's closing three months. British troops had started an advance on 8 August and, whilst there would be much hard fighting with many casualties, they would suffer no more defeats.

On the 21st, the Battalion rested near the Somme village of Heilly and, by 3.55am on the 22nd, were in position ready to attack the Germans at "Happy Valley". The Battalion's War Diary records that zero hour was 6.45am and the men advanced on schedule. It was not until noon that reports started to filter back to Battalion HQ from the advanced positions that the attack was not going well. Although they had reached their first and second objectives, there was heavy shelling and machine gun fire from the flanks. By late afternoon, orders were issued to withdraw the men back to their first objective and secure this properly. Charles had been killed sometime during the day.

   
           
   
     
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