Topic: Francis Herbert Jackson

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Francis Herbert Jackson (Service no. 16410) was a First World War soldier with links to Heathcote.

Francis Herbert Jackson, born on 12th December 1890, was the fifth son of Henry and Elizabeth Jackson, of 2 Cliff Terrace, Lark Hill, Kidderminster, England.

The 1901 England Census recorded the family, Henry and Elizabeth, and their children, Mary Ann, Peter, Leigh, Eliazbeth, Francis and Harold, as living at 16 Wood Eaves Farm in the village of Upper Arley, Worcestshire.  Two other sons Frank Bloor and George Henry had been on the 1890 census but were not listed in 1901. By 1911 Francis was recorded as being a farm worker at Witnells End, Shatterford, Upper Arley working on the farm of Edgar and Emma Dorrel.

It is unclear when Francis arrived in New Zeland but there is a passenger list record for a Francis H Jackson, 21 years of age, farm hand, leaving London bound for Sydney, Australia aboard the Orsova on the 12th April 1912. The country of intended residence had been Australia.

At the time of his enlistment Francis had been working as a farmer in the Heathcote Valley. His service record lists a Mr T.J. Henley of Lincoln as his current or last employer.

He was 26 when he was killed in action in Palestine on the 19 April 1917.

A headstone for Francis is at the Gaza War Cemetery, Israel and he is remembered on the Heathcote War Memorial.


Related Resources

  • Online Cenotaph record for Francis Jackson. Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Military personnel file for Francis Jackson. Archives New Zealand (Archway)
  • 1901 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.
  • Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA), 1911.(via
  • Jenkin, M. (2015). For King and Country Heathcote Boys who paid the ultimate price with their lives 1914-1918. Self Published.
  • HEATHCOTE NOTES.,Star, Issue 11793, 2 September 1916
  • HEATHCOTE NOTES.,Star, Issue 12047, 30 June 1917

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Francis Herbert Jackson

First Names:Francis Herbert
Last Name:Jackson