Richard Pawson JACKSON
Rank: Private
Number: 23347
Date of Death: 26 August 1916 ?
Age: 25
Cemetery: Not known

The name of R P Jackson is inscribed on the Stockport War Memorial and the Stockport Advertiser reported his death in its edition of 6 October 1916. However, nothing has been discovered, in official documents, to confirm that he had, in fact, died.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission does not care for his grave, nor is his name inscribed on any of its memorials to the missing. His medal entitlement records, at the National Archives, make no mention of his death whilst serving and there is no record of him amongst the many names on the official Register of Overseas Deaths for any of the War Years. Before the War he worked for the Great Central Railway Company (as a coach builder at Dukinfield), yet he is not listed amongst the employees who died and who were commemorated in a service at St Paul's Cathedral after the War.

He had been born in the south Manchester area in the first quarter of 1891 and may be the Richard P Jackson who married Lily Whiteling in 1914 in the same area. It is known that Richard Jackson was married and had a child.

Their home was at 1 Margaret Street, Reddish and this may be another indication that he didn't die. It would be reasonable to assume that, if he had, Mrs Jackson would have wanted to have his name inscribed on the War Memorial near to home - in this case the South Reddish Memorial, yet it is not there. With the passage of time, it is unlikely that we will ever know what happened but it is possible that, when names were being collected for inclusion on the Stockport Memorial, someone had recorded his name from the newspaper report and submitted it.

It is likely that, unless a complete error, Richard Jackson was probably reported to be missing rather than killed. It may well be that he was only wounded or had been taken prisoner. It is, though, a case of not believing everything you read in the papers.

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