• James Jackson

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  • Birth

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Stories and comments
    • Interesting Letters From Footballers
    • Posted by blacksmith, Sunday, 18 November 2018

    In a recent letter from, France, Jimmy Jackson, Collingwood’s speedy wing player records his conviction that the Allies will soon come out on top. He writes: -: 'Here we are again. Everything going fine - could not be better. I am glad to say I am receiving letters and papers better now. I see where Fitzroy came out on top, and I think the Allies will be there very soon, as everything seems to be going our way now. Was talking to ‘Boxer’ Milne the other day. He looks much stouter than formerly, but very fit. I am acting quartermaster-sergeant for our company at present, so am doing well. I weighed myself the other day - 12st. 8lb., never that before. This is the life for me. Well, I have heard some rows, but this, place beats all; guns going day and night. Can't get much sleep for them, but am getting used to it now. Some guns should wake the dead, and when these are going there is no chance at all for slumber. Paddy Rowan will soon be in to see me. We are billeted about a mile and a half behind the firing line, but it is just as bad as the front on some days, when Fritz gets angry and sends over, a few coal boxes. They play hell. One of our chaps got killed in his bed the other night. We are camped on the spot where George Challis got killed. Saw Alf. Baud the other day, and he is looking well, Winner, Wednesday 29 November, 1916.