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An article appeared in the Express & Star on 19 May 1915, concerning Harry D. Jackson, the headmaster of Old Hall Street School and secretary of the Wolverhampton Schools’ Athletic Association. Apparently, after some thought, he had decided that “the call to military service…[was] so irresistible that he has responded by enlisting in the R. F. A.” (number 686959).

Harry David Jackson was born in Wolverhampton in 1873, the son of Elizabeth and Thomas Jackson. By 1901, he was listed as a schoolmaster, living with his parents and brothers Frederick and Arthur at 75 Curzon Street.

The school log book for Old Hall Street School has the following to say about Mr Jackson’s time in the forces:

Date Entry
17-May-15 The headmaster Mr H. D. Jackson has joined the R. F. Artillery. During his absence from school Mr J. R. Gledhill has been appointed to act as “acting head teacher”.
18-Jul-17  Mr H. D. Jackson – head master – called in this morning, having recovered from his gas attack
5-Nov-17  H. D. Jackson – ex Sgt. R. F. A., having been transferred to Class W(T) in H. M. Forces – recommenced work after an absence of 2 1/2 years