A First War Canadian Military Cross for Passchendaele 1917
A First War Canadian Military Cross for Passchendaele 1917 - Military Cross, George V; British War Medal (LIEUT. H.J. JACKSON); and Victory Medal (LIEUT. H.J. JACKSON). Naming is officially impressed on the First World War pair, the MC is un-named. Un-mounted, original ribbons, dark patinas on the MC and BWM, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by three colour photocopies of his Military Cross citation card. Footnote: Hector John Roderick Jackson was born on March 27, 1892, in Karachi, India (now Pakistan), the son of Dr. Moses J. Jackson and Rosa Juliet Jackson. He was a resident of Aldergrove, British Columbia when he signed his Attestation Paper as a Lieutenant with the 6th Field Company, Canadian Engineers, on October 21, 1915, in North Vancouver, British Columbia, at the age of 23, naming his next-of-kin as his father, Dr. M.J. Jackson of Aldergrove, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Driver and Bridge Carpenter. During his Medical Examination, it was noted that the "first joint of (the) left index finger missing" on Jackson's left hand. In England, he was transferred to the 10th Field Company, Canadian Engineers, which later became the 10th Battalion, Canadian Engineers. Lieutenant Jackson was with the 10th Battalion, Canadian Engineers when he was awarded the Military Cross for actions taken at Passchendaele, the announcement for the award made in the Second Supplement to the London Gazette 30507 of Friday, February 1, 1918, on Monday, February 4, 1918, page 1607 and in the Supplement to the Edinburgh Gazette 13205 of Wednesday, February 6, 1918, page 579. His citation appeared in the Fourth Supplement to the London Gazette 30780 of Tuesday, July 2, 1918, on Friday, July 5, 1918, page 7932 and in the Canada Gazette of Monday, August 26, 1918: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in marking out and digging a trench under heavy fire. Having completed the work, he made a reconnaissance, with two sappers, to look for wounded, and finding two brought them five miles to the dressing station." by authority of Watson's despatch R.O. 1506 of December 30, 1917. Jackson is on record has having been gassed on November 4, 1918, surviving the attack and was later promoted to Captain with the 10th Battalion, Canadian Engineers. Captain Hector John Roderick Jackson died on January 25, 1920, at the age of 27, as the result of a tragic accident, after returning from the war. He was riding a bicycle home from a symphony concert he had attended and was hit by a drunken taxi driver on the Connaught Bridge over False Creek in Vancouver. He suffered a severe head injury, died in hospital a week later and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Grave Reference: Block 45. Plot 16. Lot 2.