Gunner Joseph Jackson

886581 24th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery.


Died 2nd July 1941, aged 24. Son of Joseph and Ethel Jackson of Woburn Sands, he was a resident of Brighton, but was born in Oldham.

I have been told that he fell from a lorry whilst in a convoy, and was struck and killed by the truck travelling behind.

He was buried in plot B8795 at Gloucester Old Cemetery on 6th July.  The Burial Register states of “8 Downham Road, Bletchley. Accident in Down Hatherley.”

The Woburn Reporter did not carry a story of the incident; neither did the Gloucester Citizen or Gloucester Echo, probably due to wartime reporting restrictions on where particular regiments were.  The historian for Down Hatherley was also unaware of the event, but suggests he possibly guarded the Gloucester Aircraft Factory, where Hurricanes were being built, or the Rotol Aircraft Works, where propellers were made, if he was based locally, and not just travelling through the area.