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    Posted: 09 Jan 2016 at 16:59
Corporal Julius JACKSON (8743) 1st. Essex Regiment, killed in action 6th. August 1915. Commemorated on the Helles Memorial to the Missing, Seddulbahir, Gallipoli, Turkey, Panels 133 to140.
Julius Jackson was the son of George and Elizabeth Jackson of 5 Copt Hall Buildings Ashdon Road. We know little of his early life but he seems to have been a pre-war regular serving with the Essex Regiment in Mauritius when war was declared. They arrived in England in December and went to Harwich, joining the 88th.Brigade 29th. Division at Banbury. On March 21st. 1915 the regiment embarked on the “ Caledonia “, landing on 3rd. April 1915 at Alexandria on their way to the Dardanelles. After a short stop at the Mudros on the Greek island of Limnos, the harbour being the original assembly point for the fleet that landed the first troops at Gallipoli, they landed on “ W “ Beach during the morning of April 24th., taking part in the attack on Hill 138 the same day.
In August Julius found himself in the line having been warned that he would be engaged a big attack on the Turks, this a diversionary attack at Cape Helles, the villages of Krithia and the heights of Achi Baba being the objectives, to enable the landing at Suvla Bay to succeed. The Essex Regiment, some 700 strong were detailed to take the trenches H 12a, H 12 and some trenches under construction to the north-east of H 12, near Krithia. At about 2.30 p.m. the artillery opened up, but the Turks replied with shrapnel and high explosives which rained down on the Essex trench system. At 3.50 p.m. the attack was launched in two lines on the Turkish trenches. H 12a was seized and secured, but there were heavy casualties (3,480 British and 7,510 Turks) and they were forced back. One of the fifty killed and 180 missing Essex men was Julius Jackson. His body was never found.
ROBERT PIKE
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