JACSON, EDWARD ROGER
The official list sets down “next of kin” as Mary Jacson, Invermay Launceston.
The following is quoted from Trooper H. H. Facy’s diary
“We were in a tight corner towards the last, but retired out of danger. The most sad part of the fighting was the loss of Stanny’s and my mate, Ted Jacson. Poor chap, he was retiring for cover when a bullet struck him behind the ear and lodged behind his right eye, and death must have been instantaneous. However, Stanny managed to get him put on our ambulance wagon and he was brought into camp.”
Under the next day’s date he continues
Stanny and I went along to Pill Box’s quarters (doctor) and wrapped poor old Jacson up in a blanket ready for burial. At 2.00 p.m. we had his funeral. Stanny and I, with Rockett and W. H. Chant, were his pallbearers, whilst Sgt Johnson had charge of the firing party. All our officers, remaining men, and Col Wallack followed him to his last resting place. We buried him in the graveyard across the Malmani River. We had a scotch cart to carry him in. The Rev Captain conducted the funeral at the grave. May God grant that this will be the last and only job of this sort we may have in South Africa.
Taken from Tasmanians in the Transvaal War
By John Bufton
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