24 August 1918 Pte Thomas Jackson

Thomas Jackson was born 22 January 1886 in Sandygate Mill, Burnley

Location of Burnley in the north of England (CC) OpenStreetMap

He lived at 88 Nairne Street and was connected with Mitre St Sunday School, he was, for a time, a regular player for their football team (where he played full-back). He was a weaver.

88 Nairne Street, Burnley - image capture June 2015 (c) Google Street View

Thomas was conscripted into the army in June 1916 and sent to join the 6th Bn King's Own in Mesopotamia in October 1916. He was involved in various actions in Mesopotamia, and he was amongst the first troops to enter Baghdad on 11 March 1917.

Thomas was looking forward to a month's leave in India when he died of malaria on 24 August 1918. He is now commemorated on the Tehran Memorial, Iran.

Pte Thomas Jackson, 6th Bn King's Own

24 August 1918 died of malaria.

Research by David O'Mara