Thomas Norman Jackson
|Thomas Norman Jackson|
11 February 1897|
Swinton, South Yorkshire
27 September 1918 (aged 21)|
Canal du Nord, France
|Buried||Sanders Keep Military Cemetery, Graincourt-les-Havrincourt|
|Years of service||1915–1918 †|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Thomas Norman Jackson VC (11 February 1897 – 27 September 1918) was an English 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.
Born 11 February 1897 to Thomas Edwin and Emma Jackson, of Swinton, Rotherham.
He was 21 years old, and a lance corporal in the 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards, British Army during the First World War when he performed an act of bravery at the battle of the Canal du Nord for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
20810 Lance Corporal Thomas Norman JACKSON, 1st Bn Coldstream Guards
For most conspicuous bravery and self sacrifice in the attack across the Canal du Nord, near Graincourt.
On the morning of 27 September 1918, Lance-Corporal Jackson was the first to volunteer to follow Captain C.H. Frisby across the Canal du Nord in his rush against an enemy machine-gun post. With two comrades he followed his officer across the canal, rushed the post, capturing two machine-guns, and so enabled the companies to advance. Later in the morning, Lance Corporal Jackson was the first to jump into a German trench which his platoon had to clear, and after doing further excellent work was unfortunately killed.
Throughout the day this NCO showed the greatest valour and devotion to duty, and set an inspiring example to all.
His grave is at Sanders Keep Military Cemetery, Graincourt-les-Havrincourt.
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- VCs of the First World War - The Final Days 1918 (Gerald Gliddon, 2000)
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