Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Lieutenant Herbert Meynell Jackson, Greenisland

Lieutenant Herbert Meynell Jackson - 53rd Squadron Royal Flying Corp. Killed in Action 18th June 1917 aged 22.

Herbert was the son of Matthew and Elizabeth Jackson of Greenisland Lodge, Greenisland. He had originally enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Irish Rifles with whom he was injured in 1916. Following recovery from his wounds he made the transfer to the Royal Flying Corp. As air combat was a relatively new phenomenon it carried serious risks and it is generally accepted that the average life expectancy of a young pilot was even less than that of a solider in the front lines. Given these high risks the R.F.C attracted men who were thrill seekers and dare devils but displayed untold levels of bravery.

Herbert has no known grave and is remembered on the Arras Flying Services Memorial.

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