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First Name: John Henry Last Name: JACKSON
Date of Death: 22/09/1914 Lived/Born In: Stratford
Rank: Private Unit: Royal Fusiliers1
Memorial Site: La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, France

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Born-St Luke's

 

The Battle of the Aisne  13-28 September, 1914

After the Germans were defeated on the Marne they fell back to the River Aisne, closely pursued by both the British and the French. The new German line was a very formidable defensive position. To attack it meant having to cross the Aisne and then climb up a 500 foot high ridge on top of which was the Chemin des Dames, a road that gave the Germans an easy way to move troops along the top of the hills. On 13th September the Aisne was crossed by both British and French troops but after that progress became slower, until there was no progress at all. Both sides dug in and the fighting settled down into trench warfare. The fighting on the Aisne continued for two weeks at the end of which both sides realised that frontal attacks on entrenched positions were both costly and non-productive, not that this deterred them from continuing with this tactic throughout the war.

6th Division arrived in France on 12th September and were straight away sent across country to assist the British efforts on the Aisne. On 21st September, after the heavy attacks of the day before, 17 Brigade were sent to relieve 5 Brigade from the Ferme de Metz in the Braye Valley to La Cour de Soupir. The 1st Royal Fusiliers battalion went into the trenches north of Soupir from where patrols were sent out to determine the position of the enemy and on the night of 22nd September, during one of these patrols, the battalion suffered nearly twenty casualties, one of whom was John Jackson.

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