Private Jackson, John William Alexander VC

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  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Citation - London Gazette, 9 September 1916

    On the night of the 25-26 June 1916, Jackson was one of a raiding party which entered German trenches and caused considerable havoc before withdrawing. His citation records subsequent events. Eventually he was evacuated and hospitalised for a very long period but was taken to Buckingham Palace on 18 November 1916 and presented with the VC by King George V.

    Private Jackson at 18 years became the youngest Australian to win the Victoria Cross. Also it was the first won by an Australian on the Western Front as well as the first by a soldier of the 2nd Division and the only VC awarded to a soldier of the 17th Battalion.

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  2. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    A brave man in more ways than one !

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