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№ 642


6 July 2004

Hammer Price:

Three: 2nd Lieutenant W. N. Jackson, Royal Air Force, late Royal Flying Corps

1914 Star, with clasp
(1553 2/A.M., R.F.C.); British War and Victory Medals (1553 Cpl., R.F.C.), together with related R.F.C. cap badge and old tunic ribands, good very fine or better and rare (5) £600-800

Wilfrid Nicholas Jackson enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps as an Air Mechanic 2nd Class in August 1914, aged 25 years, and first entered the French theatre of war in early October of the same year. In 1916 he successfully applied for pilot training but was injured and hospitalised when he crashed on his first attempt at going solo in late November of the same year; as is normal, the rank inscribed on his British War and Victory Medals is the one that he last held on active service - he became 2nd Lieutenant, R.A.F. on 1 April 1918.

Sold with the recipient’s original Pilot’s Flying Log Book (Army Book 425 type), with entries covering the period October 1916 to January 1917, together with his Soldier’s Pay Book for Use on Active Service, both of these in poor condition as a result of damp, etc.; a small metalled control light-panel taken from the aircraft he crashed in November 1916, officially stamped ‘Mark III Aeroplane Dashboard Lighting, A. P. Lundberg and Sons, London N.’; and several interesting wartime photographs, including scenes from Brooklands Military Hospital, where Jackson was taken after his accident.