|Date of Birth||April 7, 1880|
|Place of Birth||South Hackney, London|
|Next of Kin||Jane Louisa Jackson, wife, Main Street North, Kenora, Ontario|
|Trade / Calling||Yardmaster, Canadian Pacific Railway|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Battalion||No 2 Section Skilled Railway Employees|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Branch||Canadian Railway Troops|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Address at Enlistment||Main Street North, Kenora, Ontario|
|Date of Enlistment||March 12, 1917|
|Age at Enlistment||37|
|Theatre of Service||Canada|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||November 21, 1970|
|Age at Death||90|
|Buried At||Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario|
Frederick William Jackson was born on 7 April 1880 in South Hackney, London, England. He was the first born child of William Walter Jackson who was from St George in the East, London and Matilda Taylor who was from South Hackney. The couple married on 31 May 1879 in Clerkenwell, Islington in London. At the time of the marriage and Frederick’s birth William’s occupation was given as furrier although over the years he also worked as a commercial traveller and painter/decorator. Other children born to the couple were Walter (1886), Sidney Harold (1888), Alice (abt 1894), and Mathilda (1896). By the time of the 1901 census father William was no longer living with the family and Matilda gave birth to son Henry the next year. The 1911 census noted that Matilda had given birth to 8 children, with only 6 still living.
On 10 October 1903 in St Luke, Hackney, Frederick married Jane Louisa Ash. Born on 24 May 1880 in Bethnal Green, London, Jane was the first born child of printer’s compositor William Ash and his wife Jane Lock, the couple marrying on 2 September 1879 in Bethnal Green. Following Frederick and Jane’s marriage, Alexander was born 1904 in Poplar, London, Ethel in 1907 in Homerton, London, Leslie Frederick in 1909 and Dorothy in 1911, both in East Ham, London. At the time of the 1911 census Frederick was working as a clerk in a tar distillery.
It appears that Frederick immigrated to Canada in 1912 with Jane and the children following in 1913, arriving in Quebec on 12 May 1913 aboard the Scotian. Sponsored by the Salvation Army, Jane and the children were on their way to Kenora, Ontario to join Frederick. Making Kenora home, children born in Canada were Elsie (abt 1915), Lawrence (abt 1918), and Marjorie (1920). Frederick worked in the yard office of the Canadian Pacific Railway, eventually retiring as chief clerk in 1944.
With occupation given as yard master and his wife Jane Louisa on Main Street North in Kenora as next of kin, Frederick signed his attestation papers with the No 2 Section Skilled Railway Employees on 12 March 1917 in Winnipeg. However on 26 March, in Montreal, he was found medically unfit for service (varicose veins and haemorrhoids) and was discharged.
After retiring Frederick and Jane moved to Barrie, Ontario in 1948 where their daughter Ethel Graves and family were living. Jane died on 16 June 1961 and Frederick later remarried. He was a member of the Anglican Church and of the Masonic Order. Frederick died on 21 November 1970 in Barrie. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife Katheline, daughters Mrs C (Ethel) Graves of Barrie, Mrs H (Dorothy) Alcock of Kenora, Mrs F (Elsie) Rau of Crystal Lake, Illinois, and Mrs D (Marjorie) Hanstead of Kenora, and sons Alexander of Gulfport, Mississippi, and Leslie and Lawrence of Kenora. He was also survived by 25 grandchildren, 58 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. Frederick and Jane are interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.
By Judy Stockham