Warrant Officer Sidney Jackson



Sidney Jackson was born on 21 September 1882 at Castleblayney, County Monaghan, son of bank manager (later farmer and JP) Sidney Jackson and his wife Sarah (nee Walker).

Jackson enlisted in the North of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry between 1902 and 1908. On 6 July 1908, when the North Irish Horse was formed following the Yeomanry regiment's disbandment, Jackson transferred to the new regiment, being assigned No.30 on the new regiment's roll and posted to D Squadron (Dundalk)

At the annual camp in 1909 he came second in the competition for best shot in the regiment.

By 1914 Jackson had risen to the rank of regimental quartermaster sergeant. In April that year he was one of four senior NCOs of the North Irish Horse to be awarded a Special Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

Soon after this Jackson left the North Irish Horse, but immediately on the outbreak of war he re-enlisted, receiving a new regimental number – 959. (It is likely that he was the first war-time enlistment when recruitment opened on 8 August.)

During 1915 he gained the rank of warrant officer 2 when that rank was introduced.

Jackson embarked for France at some time from 1916 to 1918, perhaps as part of E Squadron in January 1916.

He was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 28 February 1919.

Jackson returned to his home at Longfield, Carrickmacross, County Monaghan. However he died on 21 May 1924 at a private nursing home in Belfast.



The first image shows Jackson in July 1914, the second in November 1914. The full pictures can be seen here and here. Another image of Jackson is here.