Commonwealth War Graves - William Jackson

Author: Doug Larsen
Date published: 08/11/2011
© Doug Larsen

Commonwealth War Graves


Jackson, William

Place and Date of Birth:


Place of Residence:



Brother of  Mrs. Emily Hayward

Military Record




Service Number:



Royal Engineers, 7th Labour Btn

Date of Death:

November 16, 1916

Age at Death:


Additional Information:

While serving in France, Mr Jackson suffered a head injury when run into by a motor tractor and had received hospital treatment there but later had suffered crushed ribs from another accident. He received treatment for this in Southend and then returned to his sister’s home in Newbury for convalescence on November 11th, 1916.

Mr. Jackson was progressing quite well and had gone out for a walk at 3 or 4 in the afternoon when he was struck by a mail truck from Stradling and Plenty Ltd.


 He was taken to the Newbury Hospital in a trap where he was admitted suffering from concussion. Later on, when he was visited by a doctor, he was unconscious showing symptoms of having suffered a fractured skull. Mr Jackson died the same night from his injuries.

At a later inquest the driver of the mail truck stated that he was driving on the correct side of the road when he saw the soldier in his light beams right in front of him, walking in the centre of the road. He thought the man could see him and would move aside but the soldier was eventually struck by the right wing of the car. The driver stopped immediately and went to the man’s assistance but found him unconscious so he asked a passing cyclist to seek help.

The driver stated that his lights were in working order but it was a very dark night and the man was dressed in khaki, making it difficult to see him until he was up close.

His sister told the inquest that her brother complained that the lights at night baffled him and that his nerves seemed “completely shattered”. Another witness for the Coroner stated that Mr. Jackson’s behaviour on the night was very likely due to the accidents and illnesses that he had suffered previously. No blame was attached to the driver and a verdict of accidental death was declared.

Sources:Personal research, CWG

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