Alexander Skinner Jackson (1905-1946)

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Biography

Alexander Skinner Jackson — known professionally as Alex Jackson — was born on 12 March 1905 at Renton, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, the son of John Jackson.

He married Grace Walpole Skelt on 18 September 1933 at St. Martin, London. They had two children: Alex and Grace.

At the time of the 1939 Register, he was a "football pools specialist" lodging at 23 Holroyd Road, Putney, Wandsworth, London.

He is commemorated on the Huddersfield Town A.F.C. Roll of Honour:

Alexander ‘Alec’ Skinner Jackson arrived at Leeds Road in 1925 as Herbert Chapman’s last signing. Jackson played an important role in Town’s successful 1925-26 title challenge. He also played in the 1928 and 1930 F.A. Cup finals against Blackburn Rovers and Arsenal, respectively. During the Second World War, Jackson fought with Montgomery’s Eighth Army in North Africa. He died in a road accident in 1946 while on active duty and is buried at the Fayid War Cemetery in northern Egypt.

Extracts

Yorkshire Evening Post (23/Nov/1946):

News of the death in Egypt of Alex Jackson brought vivid recollections of the circumstances in which the late Mr Herbert Chapman “sold” Huddersfield Town to a young football genius who could have had the pick of the leading clubs of the country.

Joining the Aberdeen club on his return home after a disappointing attempt to play Association in the United States, Jackson quickly attracted attention by his brilliant wing play, and Mr. Chapman decided that he must have this rising Scottish star for Town But there were keen rivals, and Jackson with native Scottish caution decided to look round some of the English clubs before making his choice.

Mr. Chapman at once invited him to take a look at Huddersfield — and made his plans accordingly. The present writer was enlisted to meet Alex at Leeds railway station when he changed trains on his way to Huddersfield, and with a photographer there was a flashlight interview on the platform, made as impressive as possible. Flashlights at stations were not so common 20 years ago as they have since become.

At Huddersfield, a wealthy friend of the Town club had his chauffeur-driven Rolls waiting for the young player, and Jackson was received into a beautiful house where he was entertained for several days. This bit of showmanship on Mr. Chapman’s part achieved its end, for Alex found things so much to his liking at Huddersfield that he signed on the dotted line at breakfast on the second morning. He never had cause to regret joining Town, for Mr Chapman knew all about looking after his players. The war gave Jackson a big second chance. He was quickly in khaki, and after the Germans had begun to drop bombs on London, he volunteered for bomb disposal — work which then had unknown and fearsome possibilities for sudden death.

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