Brave Doncaster Victoria Cross recipient honoured with memorial plaque

Lance Corporal Thomas Jackson was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. Pictures: Stephen Hamilton
Lance Corporal Thomas Jackson was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. Pictures: Stephen Hamilton

A brave Doncaster soldier who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross in World War I has had his achievements recognised.

A memorial plaque to Lance Corporal Thomas Jackson was unveiled at Mexborough Railway station, where he was a worker in the industry.

The memorial plaque at Mexborough train station, outlining Lance Corporal Jackson's achievements. Pictures: Stephen Hamilton

The memorial plaque at Mexborough train station, outlining Lance Corporal Jackson's achievements. Pictures: Stephen Hamilton

Lance Corporal Jackson was just 21 on the day he showed tremendous courage to take machine gun positions during the Battle of Cambrai.

From nearby Swinton, he was part of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards who attacked the heavily defended Canal du Nord at Graincourt.

Lance Corporal Jackson volunteered to cross the canal, capturing two machine guns and 14 prisoners.

He was killed in hand-to-hand combat later that day, after attacking an enemy trench.

A ceremony to honour Lance Corporal Thomas Jackson's achievements: Pictures: Stephen Hamilton

A ceremony to honour Lance Corporal Thomas Jackson's achievements: Pictures: Stephen Hamilton

The memorial plaque was unveiled on the 99th anniversary of Lance Corporal Jackson's death.

Mexborough First councillor Andy Pickering said it was fitting that a plaque was installed in the town where he worked.

"I'm sure that I'm echoing the feeling of most people - you've got to be proud of such a man who came from your area," Coun Pickering said.

"He showed extreme courage, and it's good that such courage can be recognised."