Private William Frederick Jackson Lancashire Fusiliers & Royal Army Ordnance Corps
The Man Little detail is known about William Frederick Jackson, except that he was born in the Rochdale area on 18th September 1899, the only son of Frederick William, a Commercial Mercantile Clerk and Florence. By 1901 the family were living at 25 Fountayne Street, Bootham in Yorkshire, and ten years later at 5 Clarence Street. Towards the end of World War I, Frederick enlisted into the Lancashire Fusiliers as a Private and with service e number 11165, later changed to 241552. It is unknown which theatre he served in but he was awarded the 1914-18 British War and Victory Medals. William remained in the Army transferring to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps with a new service number of S/12386, which was again later changed to 7577041. He saw service in Iraq during the Iraqi uprising against the British in 1920 and was awarded the General Service Medal with clasp Iraq. In 1928 aged 29, William was appointed without competition as a Postman in the Healey, Ripon area of Yorkshire, being promoted to Postman Higher Grade and retiring 31 years later in October 1959 aged 60 when he was awarded the Imperial Service Medal. William died in the third quarter of 1983 aged 84.
The Story The medal group awarded to William Frederick Jackson were acquired from dealer Ian Laidler at the Birmingham Medal Society Convention in Knowle on 7th June 2014. They were of interest because of the unusual combination of the WW I pair, General Service Medal and an Elizabeth issue Imperial Service Medal. Research on Ancestry.com and the London Gazette revealed a little information allowing the above biography to be put together.
This group of medals is one I have not been able to find very much detail on. Please feel free to contact me should you know of, or have any information on this man.
- 1914-18 British War Medal: 11165. PTE.F.W.JACKSON. LAN.FUS.
- Victory Medal: 11165. PTE.F.W.JACKSON. LAN.FUS.
- General Service Medal: 7577041 PTE. W.F.JACKSON. R.A.O.C.
- Imperial Service Medal: WILLIAM FREDRICK JACKSON
This page last updated 12 Oct 15