Ralph Gordon Jackson1

#2607, b. March 1897, d. 8 September 1917

Ralph the soldier and Geoffrey the sailor. c1916

Individual's Timeline

Birth RegMarch 1897Ralph Gordon Jackson1
Death8 September 1917Ralph Gordon Jackson2

Primary events

  • Birth Reg: Ralph's birth was registered in the quarter ended in March 1897 in the Great Yarmouth registration district. Child is named Johnson - Births Mar 1897, Johnson, Ralph Gordon in Yarmouth - 4b page12.1
  • Death: Ralph died on 8 September 1917 in Somme, France, (Aged 20 years and 6 months, worked back from recorded birth date).2
  • Burial: He was buried in 1917 in Plot 2, L 13, MAROC BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France.2

Secondary circumstances

  • Name Variation: He was also known as Ralph Gordon Johnson.

Census details


Ralph Gordon Jackson's headstone in the Maroc British Cemetery reads In Memory of Lance Corporal RALPH GORDON JACKSON. #9475, 9th Bn., Norfolk Regiment, who died age 20 on 08 September 1917
Son of Mrs. Louisa Jackson, of 84, Crown St., Great Yarmouth.
Remembered with honour. Commemorated in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


  • 1916, 9475 in the 9th Battalion. He was a Lance Corporal when he died. His medal card in the archives shows him as an acting sergeant
  • France4,5
Background information on The Norfolk Regiment's 9th Battalion - The 9th.(Service) Btn., The Norfolk Regt. was formed at Norwich on 9 Sep 1914 ; remained in U.K. until 21 Sep 1915, when it moved to Bolougne. Served in France & Flanders. In actions in Ypres area Sep 1915 - Apr 1916. In training at Calais in April, then back to Ypres area until end of July. Transferred to Somme Front in Aug 1916. Took part in various actions, including Hill 70, 1916 - 1917. ( As your ancestor was only 20 when he died, he was probably a member of one of the reinforcing drafts of 1916.) In Sep 1917 the btn. was in Divisional Reserve; going into the line at various times. L/Cpl. R.G.Jackson, killed on 8 Sep 1917, probably met his death as follows ; Colonel Prior reported that, in September, 2 Off. were wounded, & 8 O.R.s were killed, or died of wounds, & 62 O.R.s were wounded. Nearly half of these occurred under the following circumstances ; "A working party was waiting to move off, and lying down by the side of a road, when an instantaneous fused shell landed and killed or wounded an officer and thirty other ranks." This info. is from Vol.II of "The Norfolk Regiment, 1685 - 1918" by F.L.Petre O.B.E.


  1. Conclusion of, Shirley.
  2. Website Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Web Site (unknown url).
  3. Census data as per CD, Louisa JACKSON Head (crossed out by the census taker and corrected to wife), age 39, married for 22 years, Total children born and children still alive = 3, lodging house keeper, born in Necton Norfolk.

    Hilda E JACKSON, daughter aged 19, single, a beatster, born in Norwich.

    Geoffrey JACKSON, son aged 15, single, a wine and spirit store porter, born in Yarmouth

    Ralph JACKSON son aged 14, single, in school, born in Yarmouth.

    Reginald A RIGDON adopted son aged 5 months, born in Yarmouth.

    Living in 6 rooms in 12 Row 96 Great Yarmouth.

    Notes: Louisa registered all 3 births as JOHNSON which was her name when she was born. No father is mentioned on any of the registrations. There is NO marriage in free BMD for Louisa JOHNSON marrying anyone JACKSON at any time. Geoffrey was originally registered as Garcon Edric JOHNSON. When Hilda registered her mother's death she noted that Louisa's husband had been named Alfred JACKSON and was a fruit grower, but so far no joy in finding him.

    Reginald is registered as Reginald A PEGDEN in Yarmouth in Dec 1910. - PEGDEN, Reginald A in Yarmouth page 4b/7. This is the only registration entry for birth/marriage/death for this surname in Yarmouth at any time. The type index is clearly PEGDEN, but this typed list is a human transcription of the original which is in Yarmouth, so the name may well still be RIGDON.
  4. Excluded||BR, "from a fellow researcher," e-mail to Shirley Elrick, various, A fellow researcher replied to an email message on a board.
  5. Website Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Web Site (unknown url) "Ralph Gordon Jackson
    Birth Place:      Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk
    Residence:      Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk
    Death Date:      8 Sep 1917
    Rank:       L/Corporal
    Regiment:      Norfolk Regiment
    Battalion:      9th Battalion.
    Number:       9475
    Type of Casualty:      Killed in action
    Theater of War:      Aldershot."