Lieutenant George Jackson

Biography of Lieutenant George Jackson

George Jackson was born on the 15th of January 1885 to parents Daniel and Mary Jackson and grew up in Dunmore, Dumbarton. He attended Allan Glen's School.

On completing his schooling, he found employment as a Draughtsman with the firm of William Denny Bros, Shipbuilders in Dumbarton, and simultaneously studied Naval Architecture at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, now the University of Strathclyde, where he took both day and evening classes from session 1903-1904 to session 1904-05. The College student registers show that Jackson gained first-class certificates of merit for most of his subjects, and give his home address as Thornbank, Dumbarton, and latterly as Rockville, also in Dumbarton. Jackson qualified for the Associateship in Naval Architecture in 1905.

George then came to the University of Glasgow to continue his studies. Jackson applied himself diligently and particularly excelled in Naval Engineering. He won prizes in Mathematics and Naval Architecture. Most notably he was awarded the Kirk Memorial Prize, which was awarded to students demonstrating proficiency in both the practical work and drawing of plans in ship and marine engineering.

After graduating with a BSc in 1909 George secured employment as a Naval Architect in Rockville, Dumbarton. He was working here at the beginning of the war.

He served as Lieutenant with the 11th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders during WW1. He served with distinction but died on the second day of fighting in the Battle of Loos on the 26th September 1915 at the age of 30 cutting short his young life and promising career in Naval Architecture.

Lieutenant Brown is buried and listed at the Loos Memorial which is located in the Dud Corner Cemetery near the village of Loos-en-Gohelle in France which was a German strong point captured by the 15th (Scottish) Division, with whom Brown would have been fighting for, on the first day of the battle. The Loos Memorial commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave.

Summary

Lieutenant George Jackson
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 11th Argyll And Sutherland Highlanders
Degree: BSc
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Sources

Biography: University of Glasgow Registry and Faculty Records.

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register

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