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Jane Stewart JacksonMunitions Worker
Email from Jane’s great-niece: ‘Her full name was Jane Stewart Jackson, the second of 6 children of Robert Jackson (a blacksmith) and Charlotte Purves Lindsay. She was born on 11 September 1889 at Courthill. Her elder brother, Robert, was killed at Passchaendale and army pension records show that their father, Robert, was living at Butterdales Cottage, Eastriggs in February 1918. At this time Jane who was always known within the family as Jean, was unmarried and so, I imagine she was living at home still. Jean was quite a character. I have a few photos of her and, in two of them she is dressed up in the naval and army uniforms of two of her brothers. She married George Wakefield in 1934 in Congleton, Cheshire – she had previously worked for him as his housekeeper. Uncle George died in 1981 and Aunt Jean died in 1987, both in Blackpool where they lived for quite a few years. My father and uncle, who are both now dead, were always very proud of Aunt Jean’s contribution to the war effort but knew few details.’