James McIntyre Miller Jackson


Mar 7, 1894

Born in Glasgow, Scotland to Robert and Sarah Jackson 

The 1911 British Census shows him living in Margate, Kent, England, employed as a servant


May 30, 1914

Embarked the SS Canada in Liverpool, England


Jun 8, 1914

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Windsor, Ontario


Jul 27, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion CEF in Welland, Ontario 

Ø      Number 141699

Ø      Next of kin given as Mr. Robert Jackson, Shettleston, Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Butcher

Ø      Previous military experience given as 44th Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to No. 9 Platoon, “C” Company

The battalion trained in Camp Niagara, Ontario


Nov 5, 1915

The battalion left the Niagara Camp for winter quarters 

“C” Company and “D” Company were quartered in the Armouries in Barrie, Ontario


Apr 8, 1916

Sentenced to 3 days CB (Confined to Barracks) and forfeiture of 1 day’s pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) for 1 day


Apr 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Empress of Britain in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 5, 1916

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


Jun 28, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jul 13, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Jackson joined the 21st Battalion during a sports day at the Chippawa Camp, near La Clytte, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

During the battle of the Somme, the 21st Battalion had the objective of taking a heavily fortified sugar refinery held by the Germans near Courcelette.  This was to be the first time that tanks had been used on the Western Front.  During heavy fighting, Private Jackson was killed by the direct hit of an artillery shell and literally blown to pieces.  His remains were buried in a nearby field and recorded.  When the war ended the Graves Registration Commission made an attempt to exhume his remains for burial in a military cemetery, but he could not be located.  As a result he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France, for those killed in France with no known grave.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. Robert Jackson, Garteraig Cottages, Millerston, Glasgow, Scotland 

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Sarah Jackson, at the same address


James McIntyre Miller Jackson is also honoured on the
Margate, Kent, England War Memorial


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