Fred Jackson (1890-1918)

This page is part of a project by David Verguson to research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the Lindley area.


Fred Jackson was born in Jagger Green, Elland in 1890 and was living in Sowwood in 1911. By the time he joined the army he was a married and lived in Marsden. He is remembered on the memorial at Salendine Nook Baptist Church.

Fred was one of ten children of David Jackson, a cotton carder, and his wife Charlotte.[1] The family lived in Elland at Huddersfield Road.

After leaving school, Fred worked in woollen textiles, eventually becoming a weaver. On 10 December 1910 at St. Andrew's, Stainland Parish Church, Fred married Lily Ada Nichol, the daughter of a joiner. By the time of the 1911 Census they were living in a three-roomed house at Moor Hey, Sowood. Fred worked as a weaver, Lily as a piecer.

Either Fred or Lily or both must have been offered a job in Marsden, which is not so far over the hill from Sowood, because by the time Fred joined the army they were living at Holme Villas in the village. Fred worked at Holme Mills.

Fred served in the Colne Valley battalion of the Duke of Wellington's Territorial Force, the 1/7th. This may suggest he volunteered rather than wait to be conscripted.

Fred was one of the many casualties of the Kaiser's Offensive of spring 1918 and died in Belgium on 26 March and was later buried at the Belgian battery Corner cemetery, near Ypres.

As well as being remembered at Salendine Nook, Fred is also on the war memorial in Marsden and at the Jagger Green Sunday School, which he attended.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

JACKSON, FRED. Private. No 307804. 1/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Jagger Green, near Elland. Lived Holme Villas, Marsden. Married. Employed as a weaver at Holme Mills. Killed in action, 28.3.1918, aged 28 years. Buried BELGIAN BATTERY CORNER CEMETREY, YPRES. Grave location:- Plot 2, Row I, Grave 15.
ROH:- Huddersfield Drill Hall; Jagger Green Baptist Sunday School; Marsden War Memorial; commemorated in Salendine Nook Chapel yard, 23E.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Notes and References

  1. Two died.