T. Jackson, Corporal 42146 M.M.
T. Jackson, Sergeant 619772

There are two possibilities for the man named Thomas Jackson from our collection – but they are two distinct and entirely different stories.

Corporal 42146 West Yorkshire Regiment, Prince of Wales Own. 15th Battalion, Leeds Pals.

In this instance, there is no service record for Thomas that has survived. He was awarded the Military Medal and gazetted in the London Gazette on 12th November 1918. According to this record, he lived in Sunderland. He was transferred to Class Z on 23rd October 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

Sergeant 619772 West Yorkshire Regiment, Prince of Wales Own. 273rd Labour Corps

Thomas could have been born in 1899 in Leeds to Rose Ellen and Thomas Jackson, who worked as an iron turner, who had married several years earlier in March of 1891. There were eight children in total; George, Herbert, Elizabeth, Georgina, Thomas, Myra, Arthur and Bertha. At the time of the 1911 Census, Thomas was twelve and they were living at 43 Copperfield Grove. Before this in 1901 they were listed at 1, Rufus Street in Hunslet. (Source: 1901, 1911 Census)

The only records of Thomas’ to have survived are his medical records and on these, he is listed as having worked as  a glass bottle blower before the war, for a company named Alfred Alexander and Co. in Hunslet. Thomas was 18 years of age when he was called up in May of 1917 – he was 5ft 5.5 in and weighed 7st 10lbs, his physical development being described as ‘good.’ (Source: Medical Records)

In the Absent Voters List, Thomas’ home address in 1918 is listed as 117 Cross Green Lane – the same property which apparently housed Herbert Jackson, a sergeant in the Pals who had also been awarded the M.M. (Source: Absent Voters List, Leeds)

Thomas was initially posted to the reserves, before being posted to the 7th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment Reserves on 30th December 1917. He passed through the 4th and 2nd reserves before finally reaching the 273rd Labour Corps of Prince of Wales’ Own, holding the rank of Lance Corporal. He finally made sergeant in February of 1919.

He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

On the basis of both these stories then, one can assume that these are two entirely different soldiers but with the same, common, name.

Researcher: Peter Taylor

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