Lieutenant Montague John Vincent-Jackson
Lieutenant Montague John Vincent-Jackson

Army Number : n/a

Battalion : 11th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby) Regiment.

Born in 1892 at Nottingham. Son of the Reverend Canon William (Rector of St.Mary's Church, Bottesford, Leicestershire) and Anne Gillespie Vincent-Jackson. Educated at Marlborough College and Oriel College, Oxford. On the outbreak of war he joined the Special Public Schools Corps from which he was transferred to the Inns of Court OTC. In November 1914 he received a commission in 11th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby) Regiment and in August 1915 he sailed for France with his battalion. While on active service he was made full Lieutenant. On the 4/5th February he went out at night on patrol near the enemy's trenches and was subjected to severe gunfire. He was wounded twice and during the attempt to drag him back to his trench, he ordered his men to leave him in No Mans Land. It was impossible that night to retrieve his body due to heavy enemy activity and on the night of 5/6th February his body had been found to have been removed, and was presumed to have been buried by the Germans. Died 4th February 1916. Age 24.

Curiously after his death, A German resident Siegenburg wrote the following....

Lieutenant M. Vincent Jackson, 2nd Sherwood Forresters, Notts & Derby Regiment fell dead in to the hands of the Germans, I beg for the address of Lieut: Jackson’s parents or relatives, as I am in a position to give them information about the hero’s death of their son, and consider myself bound to send them his watch which was hit by a bullet.

Yours respectfully

(Signed). KARL BRAND

1st Lieutenant,

Siegenburg

Lower Bavaria.

Amazing as this request is, sadly his parents never knew how their son died as his mother died later in 1916 and his father passed away just after the Great War in 1919.


Buried/Commemorated : Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery, France. Plot 4. Row C, Grave 25.

Pont-du-Hem Miliary Cemetery, France.
Grave picture not yet obtained.
Lieutenant Vincent-Jackson is also commemorated on the following memorials:-
St. Mary's Church War Memorial, Bottesford, Leicestershire.