Stuart JACKSON
Rank: Private
Number: 10376
Unit: 8th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 13 July 1917
Age:
Cemetery: Amara War Cemetery, Iraq

Stuart Jackson originated from Douglas, Isle of Man. He volunteered for the Army, at Stockport, and his service number confirms this was in August 1914, just after War was declared. Other than this, his connection with the local area is unknown. Perhaps the family had moved to the town or Stuart was working nearby.

Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) was part of the Turkish Ottoman empire and an ally of Germany. Then as now, Britain relied heavily on oil from the area. When war broke out in August 1914, British troops were quickly sent to the area to protect its interests by occupying the oilfields and pipeline near Basra. 

Conditions for the men were appalling. Extremes of temperature (120 degrees F was common); arid desert and regular flooding; flies, mosquitoes and other vermin: all led to very high levels of sickness and death through disease. Under these conditions, units fell short of officers and men, and all too often the reinforcements were half-trained and ill-equipped. Medical arrangements were quite shocking, with wounded men spending up to two weeks on boats before reaching any kind of hospital.

Amara was a major centre for British military hospitals. Stuart is recorded, by the military authorities as having "died " - a designation usually used for a death from illness or other non-combat related reasons.

   
           
   
     
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