This September the residents of Swinton, South Yorkshire will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of a son of the town Thomas Norman Jackson.
L/Cpr Jackson served in the 1st Battalion of the Coldstream Guards & was awarded the military’s highest award, the Victoria Cross, for a gallant action in France. Sadly the award was posthumous as TNJ lost his life on 27th September 1918 aged just 21 years old. In reports of the time he was described as the ‘Coldstream Guards Hero of the Canal du Nord’.
Much planning has taken place to arrange a series of events to suitably mark this special anniversary including a visits by serving & past members of the Coldstream Guards.
A World War 1 exhibition is due to be held in Swinton library from September through to November which will include original artefacts & project work done by local school children.
On Wednesday 26th September a celebratory ‘Swinton Hero Concert’ is being staged in St Margaret’s Parish church to raise funds for local good causes. The concert will feature the South Yorkshire Police Band, Thurnscoe Harmonic Male Voice Choir, Swinton Queen Primary School Choir & soloist Anna Corrine. Tickets for this musical treat are now on sale from Swinton library priced £5 which includes interval refreshments.
On Thursday 27th September a parade will leave Queen Street car park at 10.00 to march through the town to the parish church. Taking part in the parade will be British Legion branches, Coldstream Guard representatives, WW1 re-enactors, schools & residents. A party of VIP guests including the Lord Lieutenant will take the salute en-route.
At 10.30 the parade will arrive at St Margaret’s church for a service of reflection & thanksgiving attended by the Lord Bishop of Sheffield.
At the end of the service an Act of Remembrance will take place at the town’s war memorial. Wreaths will be laid by the VIP’s, Jackson family members & the Coldstream Guards who’s musician will sound the Last Post.
There has been excellent support so far from businesses, schools, public bodies, military organisations & the Jackson family. This should be a memorable occasion which will give thanks & honor the memory of our VC hero, his comrades & those who enabled their efforts.