Frederick Caunter-Jackson Obituary



Frederick Caunter-Jackson Obituary


Transcript from news cutting, Kings Lynn paper 1941. Reports that Pilot Officer Frederick Arthur Caunter-Jackson lost his life as a result of air operations on night 11/12 June 1941. Other names of his crew were listed and it is assumed his was the unidentified body reported. Stated that he entered a legal career and could have been exempted from military service. Killed while on mine-laying operation flying from RAF Hemswell in Hampden AD727 of 61 Squadron.

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JACKSON, Frederick Arthur Caunter

Killed while on Minelaying Air Operations in 1941 flying from RAF Hemswell in Hampden AD727of 61 Squadron.

Extract from News cutting, King’s Lynn paper 1941

There is unhappily no grounds for disbelieving that Pilot Officer Arthur Caunter Jackson, wife [sic] of Pearl Margery and son of Mr & Mrs Donald Jackson, lost his life as the result of air operations on the night of June 11/12, 1941.

The International Red Cross Society have forwarded to the Air Ministry an official German list in which it is stated that Sgt J Bestwick and two unidentified airmen were shot down on June 12th, 1941, and were buried in the Garrison Cemetery Kiel. A previous report by the Society stated that the body of Acting Flying Officer Pritchard and Sgt Bestwick were in crew of the aircraft in which Caunter Jackson was flying as Navigator. It was manned by a crew of four. Therefore it is regrettably assumed by the Air Ministry that Caulder Jackson was one of the unidentified airmen mentioned in the German list.

To the widow and two young sons of Pilot Officer Jackson and his father and mother I desire to convey the profound sympathy of the readers of this paper. The earlier notification that Caulder Jackson was “missing”, after taking part in a successful attack on Kiel, caused widespread anxiety, for he was personally very well known, and the family on both sides has social and professional associations which go back several decades.

Caulder Jackson had entered on a legal career of great promise. The professional circumstances of his firm were such that he could have advanced many justifiable claims for exemtion [sic] from military servic [sic]. But he never hesitated for a moment. He offered his life for his country. He made the final sacrifice. H e[sic] is one of “the few” to whom so many owe so much.

I find it hard to choose appropriate terms in which to express to the bereaved father my personal sorrow. When his son’s name appeared in the Law Final list and I conveyed congratulations to the father, I asked Mr Donald Jackson whether his son would join his in his practice, and I well remember the personal pride with which that intention was expressed. I asked Mr Donald Jackson whether his son would join his in his practice, and I well remember the personal pride with which that intention was expressed. Time went on, and I saw the son assisting his father in the work, and taking on an increasing share in the firm’s labours and responsibilities. Now, alas all those high hopes have faded


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