Kirton to mark VC Sgt's WW1 bravery
The centenary of the award of the Victoria Cross to a brave Kirton man is to be marked with the laying of a memorial paving stone.
Sgt Harold Jackson received his VC from King George V at Buckingham Palace after single-handed action in which he flushed out the enemy and took a machine-gun out of action.
The London Gazette of May 8, 1918, recorded:
"No. 18474 Sjt. Harold Jackson, E. Yorks. R. (Kirton, nr. Boston, Lincs.).
"For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty.
"Sjt. Jackson volunteered and went out through the hostile barrage and brought back valuable information regarding the enemy's movements.
"Later, when the enemy had established themselves in our line, this N.C.O. rushed at them and, single-handed, bombed them out into the open.
"Shortly afterwards, again singlehanded, he stained an enemy machine-gun, threw Mills bombs at the detachment, and put the gun out of action.
"On a subsequent occasion, when all his officers had become casualties, this very gallant N.C.O. led his company in the attack, and, when ordered to retire, he withdrew the company successfully under heavy fire.
"He then went out repeatedly under heavy fire and carried in wounded."
The action took place at Hermies, France. But Sgt Jackson's war was not over until he was killed in action at Mouquet Farm, near Thiepval, Somme, France, on August 24, 1918, aged 26. His body was located in 1927, close to the same place where he had won his VC, and his ashes were interred at Flers.
He was the only person in the borough to be awarded the VC, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Jackson Drive in Kirton is named after him and the centenary memorial service will take place at Kirton War Memorial at 11 am on March 22, 2018.