James Jackman

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James Joseph Bernard Jackman
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Victoria Cross Medal
Born (1916-03-19)19 March 1916
Dublin, Ireland
Died 26 November 1941(1941-11-26) (aged 25)
El Duda, Tobruk, Libya
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Captain
Commands held Z Company, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
Awards VC

James Joseph Bernard Jackman VC (19 March 1916 – 26 November 1941), was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


He was 24 years old, and a Captain commanding Z Company of 1st Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, part of the 70th Division, during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC:

On 25 November 1941 at Tobruk, Libya, the assault on El Duda ridge was being slowed down by fierce enemy fire from anti-tank guns and Captain Jack as calmly as though on manoeuvres, led his machinegun company to ease the situation on the right flank of Allied tanks. Then, standing up in his vehicle, he led the trucks across the front between the tanks and the guns and got them into action on the left flank. His coolness and disregard of danger not only inspired his own men but also the tank crews. He was killed in action at El Duda the following day.

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Jackman's Cross found its final home at his alma mater, Stonyhurst College, on permanent loan from his late sister's family.


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