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From the LDV to Normandy

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:59 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

William Henry Jackson, my Grandfather, was a pre-war manager of Smarts Grocery Store in Oxford. In 1939, he volunteered to join the army but was considered too old at the age of 33. Instead, he joined to LDV or Local Defence Volunteers in Oxford.

By 1942, conscription rules meant that he had to sign up and William duly joined the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry where his LDV service was taken into account during his training. As a Private (5393238), he landed in Normandy on D-Day +1 and served throughout the Allied advance through France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.

Before being demobbed in 1946, William transferred into the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders as the rest of the Ox. & Bucks. were sent home early.

After the war, William joined Pressed Steel & Fisher as a lathe operator and as well as being a keen gardener, he also built his own bungalow out of fire bricks.


Item list and details

1. William Henry Jackson's campaign medals - the Iron Cross was a war souvenir. 2-5. The front cover and inside pages of William's Soldier's Release Book. 6. A boiled sweet tin in which Williams medals and wartime memorabilia are kept.

Person the story/items relate to

William Henry Jackson

Person who shared the story/items

Michael David Jackson

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

Grandfather (paternal)

Type of submission

Shared at Malvern Library, Worcestershire on 13 May 2023.

Record ID

110331 | MAL002