In the second of four posts coinciding with Remembrance Day, Mark Stevenson photographs the former homes of some of the brave West Leeds soldiers who gave their lives serving their country so many years ago…
Robert and Esther Jackson of 4 Lytham Place, Lower Wortley, had seven children. Arthur Jackson, their third child, was 13 in 1911 and working as a clayworker in a brick works. In 1919 he was lying dead in a grave in Varna, Bulgaria.
The Varna Protestant Cemetery has British war dead in it dating back to the Crimean War when the Turks gave it to the British.
Private Arthur Jackson was part of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry 8th Bn. which, for the most part, was in the Balkans in World War One. Compared to the Western Front, it was fairly quiet.
The Armistice of Salonica effectively ended Bulgaria’s participation in World War I on the side of the Central Powers. So I am not sure why Arthur died on the 3rd of February 1919 aged 21.