4/1278 - Sergeant

Ralph Henry

JACKSON

Main Body - Section No.1

Timeline


1915

1915

2 October

Enlistment

Auckland Military District

1915

11 October

Initial training

Avondale, Auckland

1915

18 December

Transfer to England

S.S. Ruapehu

1916

1916

3 February

Marched in to the Company Training Camp, Falmouth

1916

9 March

Embarked for France

1916

16 March

From the Front

The Company joined the underground warfare in the North of France

Chantecler, Sector of Arras

1916

24 June

Detached to Mine School

1916

2 July

Rejoined the Company

Promoted 2nd Lieutenant

1916

30 August

Granted leave

1916

8 September

Rejoined the Company

1916

4 November

Granted leave

1916

16 November

From the Front

The Company began the operations to connect old underground quarries in Arras in order to accommodate thousands of soldiers for an upcoming battle

1916

20 November

Rejoined the Company

1917

1917

11 February

Promoted Lieutenant

1917

9 April

Battle of Arras

British Offensive


From the Front

The Company was employed to rebuild a major road leading to the Front during the battle

Arras-Cambrai Road

1917

5 May

From the Front

The Company moved to Monchy, ten kilometres east of Arras, to work on the fortification of the new front line

The Billets in Monchy

1917

26 June

Granted leave

1917

9 July

Rejoined the Company

1917

2 September

Detached to Rest Camp

1917

15 September

Rejoined the Company

1917

16 October

Detached to the Cambrai sector

1917

1 December

Gassed

Admitted to hospital

1917

10 December

Embarked for England

Admitted to hospital

1917

28 December

Marched in to NZ Expeditionary Force Headquarters, London

1918

From the Front

The Company was still carrying out the digging of underground premises and defences on the Front near Arras

The Workshop in Arras

1918

21 March

Spring Offensive

German Attacks


From the Front

The Company was engaged in the defence of Arras by digging new trenches and dug-outs under constant enemy shellfire

1918

1 May

Classified unfit for service on the field

Transfer to New Zealand

S.S. Ulimaroa

1918

11 November

Armistice

Cessation of Hostilities

1919

1919

7 February

Final discharge

End of Service

Decoration

Mentioned in Dispatches
Mentioned in Dispatches

For distinguished and gallant services, and devotion to duty during the period 25th September 1917 to midnight 24th-25th February 1918.

British War Medal
British War Medal

Victory Medal
Victory Medal

Sources and bibliography

  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: Ralph Henry JACKSON.
  • London Gazette, 28 May 1918, p. 6204.
  • Nominal Roll of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1915. New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, Wellington, Government Printer, 1916, p. 1.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “Ralph Henry JACKSON (4/1278)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2024 (2009). Accessed: 29 February 2024. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=411