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Jackson, Walter

Tyne Cot Cemetery

Close-up of Walter’s name

Walter Jackson’s name on the panels at Tyne Cot Cemetery

Photograph  by Have Paws will travel !

Walter Jackson born circa 1883, was the 3rd son of Edward & Elizabeth Jackson (nee Rigby) (Croydon Vol. 2a, Page 323) who had married in Croydon in 1877.

Walter is first seen on the 1891 census living at Huyton Road, Huyton with Roby, Lancashire with his large family.   Head of the household was Edward Jackson, 42, a Paint Manufacturer’s Agent who had been born in Lancaster, Lancashire.   His wife Elizabeth, 39 had been born in Croydon, Surrey.    Their children were Edward W., 11,  Harold, 10, born in Liverpool, Walter, 8, Arthur, 5 and Mildred A., 3 and Edwin R., 1 month old who had been born in Huyton, Lancashire.   Son Isaac W.P. had been born in Wavertree, Lancashire.   There were 4 servants, including 2 Nurses, one of whom was an Obstetrical Nurse.

By 1901 the family had moved to 1, Hoscote Park, West Kirby, Cheshire, Edward, 52 was still a Paint Manufacturers Agent, Elizabeth was now 49.   The family consisted of Edward W., 21 and single, Walter, 18 and single, Grace E. 17 and single, Arthur W., 15, singles and a Clerk (African Trade), Mildred A., 13, Isaac W.P., 12 and Edwin R. 10.  There was a visitor, Harold T. Wilson, age 11 also born in Liverpool.  2 Servants made up the household.

Another house move was made between the censuses as the 1911 shows the family living in “White Bund,” (or Band?), Gt. Meols, Cheshire, which had 10 Rooms.   Edward was once more head of the household and still an Agent – “Paint Manufacturers”(Consulting Agent), he was 62 and tell us that he and Elizabeth, 59 had been married 33 years and 8 children had been born to them, all still living.   Edward William, 31, and single was a Commission Agent, Walter, 28, a Clerk in the African Trade, Grace Egerton , 27 were the only children left in the household.   Sarah Reid, 43 and Charlotte Christian Johnson36, Cook, were still servants in the household as they had been on the 1901 census.

So it was after the 1911 census that the family moved to Ivy Cottage, Overton, Nr. Ellesmere as that was the address that Walter used when he came back from Canada, via New York, arriving in Liverpool on the 23rd January 1916 on the Ship “Adriatic.”   He was 34 years of age and as his Flintshire WW1 Index card tells us, written by his mother, he was here to join the British Army, having been rejected by the Canadians.   I do not know when he emigrated.

Here transcribed is the Flintshire WW1 Index Card (Overton F 13) – JACKSON, Walter, Ivy Cottage, Overton on Dee- (There are a lot of crossings out on this card, will try to reproduce it as best as I can.) 267378  2nd Lieut.  7th West Yorks. Regt.   Period of Service from 21st Feb 1916 to 9th Oct. 1917.   Walter JACKSON came over from B.C.* to join the British Army, being refused on account of health when in B.C.   Twice wounded & missing when on his way to base hospital on October 9th 1917.   Card signed by Elizabeth JACKSON on 1st January 1920. – Reverse of card -Twice wounded and missing October 9th 1917 and officially killed same day.  E.J.

*B.C. – British Columbia, Canada.

Walter Jackson in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 just confirms his regimental details – Regiment: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment, Battalion: 7th Battalion (Leeds Rifles) (Territorial), Rank: 2 Lieutenant and that he was killed in Action.

Walter Jackson in the England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995 – JACKSON, Walter of Ivy Cottage, Overton-on-Dee near Ellesmere, Salop died on or since 9 October 1917 in France or Belgium.   Administration London 4th February to Grace Egerton JACKSON and Mildred Ashton JACKSON spinsters.   Effects £375 17s 6d.

I contacted a gentleman on Ancestry who kindly replied with this resume of his family, many thanks to him.:-

Hi Mavis,

Yes, it is the same Walter – he was my great uncle.

As far as I know, the Jacksons were farm labourers in and around Yealand Conyers for a number of generations. Then Isaac Jackson 1815-1889 (Walter’s grandfather) started a paint and oil manufacturing business in Liverpool and managed to make some money. Walter’s father Edward (my great grandfather) carried on the business and also played cricket for Lancashire – there is a write-up on him here: https://cricketarchive.com/Lancashire/Articles/1/1466.html

Walter’s grandfather on his mother’s side, William Rigby, was brother to Thomas Rigby, who made a fortune in the wine and spirits trade in Liverpool, where there is still a pub named after him.

I have Walter’s death penny here. I have invited you to view my tree and would be very grateful if you could share any information you have about Walter with me also.

Best Regards.  Arthur Jackson

Photograph of Walter’s Death Penny, kindly sent to me by Arthur Jackson

Sadly I cannot find his War Medal Card, nor his Attestation Papers they may be among the “Burnt Paper” that were destroyed in the bombings of WW2.


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