JOHN JACKSON (1892-1917)

40637 Private John Jackson, 6th Battalion, the King’s Own Scottish Borderers died of wounds 6 February 1917 and is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension.[1]  He was 24 years old and is commemorated on West Auckland and the Roll of Honour, West Auckland Memorial Hall.

Family Details

John Jackson was born 1892[2] the son of John and Ruth (nee Bussey) Jackson.  There were 2 children, both born at West Auckland:

  • Joseph bc.1891
  • John born 1892

In 1901, the family lived at Lockey’s Yard, West Auckland and 34 year old John worked as a coal miner.[3]  In 1911, the family still lived at Lockey’s Yard and 44 year old John was now employed as a coal miner (deputy overman), 20 year old Joseph was a clerk and 18 year old John worked as a fruiterer (own account).[4] At a later date, the family lived at “Sunnybrae”, Staindrop Road, West Auckland.[5]

Service details

The service details of John Jackson have not been researched.  He enlisted at Bishop Auckland into the Durham Light Infantry being given the regimental number 31183.  At a later date he was transferred to the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, regimental number 40637.[6]

The 6th (Service) Battalion, the King’s Own Scottish Borderers was formed at Berwick on Tweed in August 1914 as part of K1, Kitchener’s New Army and came under the orders of the 28th Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division, landed in France May 1915 and May 1916 was transferred to the 27th Brigade, same division.[7]  By 1917, the 27th Brigade (Lowland) comprised the following units:

  • 11th, the Royal Scots
  • 12th, the Royal Scots
  • 6th (Service) Battalion, the King’s Own Scottish Borderers (6/KOSB)
  • 9th Bn, the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
  • 27th MGC formed December1915
  • 27TH Trench Mortar Battery joined July 1916

The Division saw action on the Western Front throughout the war including in 1915, the Battle of Loos, in 1916 the Battles of Albert, Bazentin, Delville Wood, Le Transloy (all phases of the Battle of the Somme) and in April 1917 the First Battle of the Scarpe.  [8]

The 6/KOSB War Diary has not been researched.  Private J. Jackson was the only man serving with 6/KOSB to die 6 February 1917.  This date being well after the Battle of Le Transloy and prior to the next battle the First Battle of the Scarpe thus he did not die was a result of wounds inflicted during a named battle.  It is highly likely that his wounds were caused by the usual violence of warfare – shelling, rifle or machine gun fire.

Private J. Jackson was awarded the British War and Victory medals.[9]


Private J. Jackson is buried at grave reference 1.G.3 Augigny Communal Cemetery Extension.  His parents provided the following epitaph:

His Smiling Face Will Never be Forgotten by Mother Father Brother

The 42nd 30th 24th 57th and 1st Canadian Casualty Clearance Stations used cemetery.  There are now 2,771 Commonwealth burials, 22 French and 64 German war graves.[10]


[1] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[2] There are 2 births registered, both 1892 – England & Wales Birth Index 1837-1915 Auckland 1892 Q3 Vol.10a p.225 & 1892Q4 Vol.10a p.219

[3] 1901 census

[4] 1911 census

[5] CWGC

[6] Soldiers Died in the Great War

[7] http://www.1914-1918.net/kosb.htm

[8] http://www.1914-1918.net/9div.htm

[9] Medal Roll

[10] CWGC



JACKSON J. Headstone


JACKSON J. Medal Roll

Medal Roll