Born in 1886 in Datchworth son of John and Elizabeth Jackson. His family were living at Datchworth Green in 1891 when his father was a gardener and they had moved to Keepers Cottage, Datchworth by 1901, when age 14, he was working as an agricultural labourer. He married Ethel Sear in late 1914 at Hendon and they had two children. He was employed on the New Railway at enlistment. Husband of Mrs E Jackson of New Road, Woolmer Green, Knebworth, Herts.