Ernest John Jackson signature

On this day in 1916, Ernest John Jackson joined up in Deseronto. He was born in London, England on July 9th, 1897, the son of Ernest John Jackson and Louisa Josephine (née Pearson). His mother had died in 1904 and his father married Laura Shuttleworth in 1906 in London. The family left England for Canada in 1907 and had settled in Pearl Street, Deseronto, by the time of the 1911 census.

Ernest joined the 155th Battalion with the regimental number 636502. He was five feet three inches tall, with a fair complexion, brown eyes and brown hair. His service record shows that he joined the 21st Battalion in France on February 8th, 1917. He received gunshot wounds to the right leg and back in April 1917 and was hospitalized in England for five months. He then served in reserve battalions in England and got married in Barnet on October 23rd, 1918 to Elizabeth Anne Jerram. In December 1918 he was in hospital again with nephritis.

The Jacksons left England for Canada in October 1919 and in 1921 the couple were living in Fourth Street, Deseronto. Ernest died in Deseronto on July 7th, 1969. He and his wife were both buried in the Deseronto Cemetery.