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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 366

Three: Private W. Jackson, South Staffordshire Regiment

1914 Star (7104 Pte. W. Jackson. 2/S. Staff: R.); British War and Victory Medals (7104 Pte. W. Jackson. S. Staff. R.), good very fine (3)

Walter Jackson sailed from Southampton aboard S.S. Irrawaddy and arrived at Le Havre on 12 August 1914.

Part of 6th Brigade, 2nd Division, the South Staffordshire Regiment surprised a German column at Hautevesnes on 10 September and took over 450 prisoners; the regiment's own losses were 2 officers wounded, 1 man killed, and 5 wounded.

The regiment arrived at Ypres on 20 October and occupied reserve positions just north of Wieltje. Three days later it joined the 1st Queen's in a bid to recapture the forward trenches. The regiment's War Diary records that 'A' and 'D' Companies achieved this objective but with heavy losses.

The following day the South Staffs withdrew and 'dug in' on high ground west of Keiberg. They repulsed a succession of German attacks, despite the enemy having broken through the French line to their left, threatening an encirclement. The War Diary records the situation as critical - 'but we held our own.'

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