Ernest Grant Jackson

Jan 14, 1894

Born in Orillia, Ontario to John Patterson and Ellen (nee Roberts) Jackson


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59499 (temporary number 643)

Ø  Next of kin given as JP Jackson, father, Box 275 Orillia, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Baker

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “F” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

o   Later posted to the Machine Gun Section

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Jan 16, 1915

Admitted to the Kingston Hospital after suffering a reaction to the vaccination given


Jan 22, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Dec 26, 1915

Transferred to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Machine Gun Company


Jun 12, 1916

Attended the Machine Gun Course at Camiers, France

His rank was shown as Lance Corporal


Jun 18, 1916

Completed the course and rejoined the machine gun company


Sep 15, 1916

During fighting on the Somme, Ernest Jackson received a bullet wound to his right leg that fractured his right Tibia.  He was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station for treatment.


Sep 17, 1916

The bone was poorly set and infection set in.  He was transferred to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne for treatment


Sep 18, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Patrick


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Mill Road Infirmary attached to the 1st Western General Hospital in Fazakerley, Liverpool

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Dec 4, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Dec 12, 1916

Attached to the CCD (Canadian Command Depot) for physical training at the St. Leonard’s Hospital


Feb 10, 1917

Discharged from St. Leonard’s Hospital and transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Depot in Crowborough


Feb 12, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Apr 9, 1917

Admitted to Camp Hospital in Crowborough with a diagnosis that reads Laryngitis and Pleurisy


Apr 15, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jul 29, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal without pay while employed as an instructor


Jul 30, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal with pay


Oct 7, 1917

Granted permission to marry at public expense

Married to Elizabeth Ballantyne in Lancashire.  Her address was given as 6 Boston St., Bootle, Liverpool, England


Aug 22, 1918

Reverted to the rank of Private


Nov 7, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Regimental Pool in France


Nov 13, 1918

After leaving the regimental pool, Private Jackson joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast, France


Dec 29, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Depot in Seaford, England


Jan 1, 1919

Attached to the 3rd Canadian Command Depot


Mar 3, 1919

Ceased to be attached to the command depot and transferred to the Machine Gun Corps Depot in Crowborough


Mar 5, 1919

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Mar 11, 1919

Admitted to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital in Buxton with an Abscess in his shoulder


Mar 21, 1919

Surgery performed under anesthetic to drain and remove the abscess


Jul 11, 1919

Embarked the SS Cedric in Liverpool with his wife and daughter



Jul 18, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jul 21, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ø  Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 254826

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Box 275 Orillia, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Box 275 Orillia, Ontario


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