PAMA, William Perkins Bull fonds, series 8, file 970
Frederick Arthur Jackson was born in Meadowvale, Ontario, on April 12, 1899, to Francis Joseph Jackson, a farmer, and his wife, Annie May Hornby. In the 1911 Census the family is living at Lot 12, Concession 3 WHS, just north of the village of Meadowvale.
Fred, as he is listed in the 1901 and 1911 Censuses, enlisted at the District Artillery Depot, Toronto on October 19, 1916. He gave his birth date as April 12, 1898, so as to pass as eighteen years old, as he was only seventeen at the time. He was described as 5 feet, 7½ inches in height, with fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair. He gave his mother, Annie, as his next of kin, and his occupation as clerk. His regimental number was 341081 and he was attached to the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery as a gunner.
Fred was awarded the Military Medal. The honour was instituted by Royal Warrant on March 25, 1916 and was “awarded for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty performed by non-commissioned officers and men of our army in the field”.
Frederick married Vera Melville Lindsay in Brampton on April 11, 1922. He gave his occupation as book-keeper. The bride was eighteen, the daughter of David Lindsay and his wife, Frances Herbert. On May 26, 1928, Frederick and Vera crossed the border into Detroit, Michigan, with the intention of residing in the United States. The purpose of the visit was to seek employment. Their son, Herbert, was left behind in Brampton with his grandparents, David and Frances Lindsay, to join them later with a visa. They appear to have returned at some time to Canada.
Frederick died on October 12, 1982 in Toronto and is buried in Park Lawn Cemetery. Both Vera and Herbert predeceased him.