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Private JOHN BENN JACKSON

3607854, 8th Battalion, Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders

who died aged 21 on 3rd. April 1944

Remembered with Honour CASSINO WAR CEMETERY

(Grave Reference 111.J.9)

From "The Whitehaven News" 20 April 1944 page 3

St. Bees Soldier Killed in Italy

Mr. and Mrs. J. Jackson, Rottington Cottages, St. Bees, have received word from the War Office that their youngest son, Private John B. Jackson, has been killed in Italy. The youngest member of a family of ten (five boys and five girls), John was 21. He joined the Border Regiment in 1941, but before going overseas a year ago was transferred to the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders. He has two brothers serving in the Army – Dick is in Iraq and Arthur is in North Africa.This is the third St. Beghian to be killed. The others were "Lant" Bell, in the navy, and Alan Rodgers, in the R.A.F. – one member in each arm of the Forces.

Note: I am doubtful about the newspaper’s statement that John Jackson was the third from our village to be killed. If my conjecture about E.M. Coward is correct (q.v.), he would have been the fourth.

Lancelot Thomas Bell Edward Mason Coward John Benn Jackson George Lancaster J S Parker Thomas Pink Alan Rodgers Rev Harold Watson Christine Mary Frank Kitchen