JACKSON, Gerald Goddard

1878 - 1941

Gerald Goddard Jackson, was born at Duddington, Northamptonshire on 5 March 1878, son of William Goddard Jackson, a magistrate, and his wife Selina Barbara Maria née Johnson, who married at Wytham-on-the-Hill, Lincolnshire in 1864. In 1871, a 3 year old, living at The Manor House, Uppingham Road, Duddington with his parents, 46 year old William, born Wisbech, Cambridgeshire and 38 year old now Barbara S. M., born Wytham-on-the-Hill, and his eight siblings, William Augustus Charles 16, Harriet 11, Christopher 9, Dorothea Barbara 7, Arthur 6, Frank Edwin 5, Henry Geoffrey 4, Gerald 3 and newly born Sybil Margery, all born at Duddington and all had another Christian name of Goddard, they retained six indoor servants. Still living with his parents at Duddington in 1901, giving no occupation but in 1911, a 32 year old painter artist, boarding at Poultry Farm, Berwick, Eastbourne, Sussex, the home of Ebenezer Geall, a farmer. During the Great War, whilst a prisoner-of-war at Holzminden PoW camp for officers, at Lower Saxony, Germany in 1917, he managed to paint a portrait of another internee, Capt. W. T. Mitchell of the 15th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. The camp had opened in September 1917 and is remembered as the location of the largest PoW escape of the war when, in July 1918, 29 officers escaped through a tunnel, of whom ten evaded subsequent recapture and managed to make their way back to Britain. A painter of portraits & landscapes, Gerald exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1907 and 1936 from London, Buckinghamshire and Suffolk also exhibiting at the International Society; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; London Salon and the New English Art Club. He married on 20 November 1918, Hon. Hildred Mosley, daughter of Tonman Mosley, 1st and last Baron Anslow (1850-1933), and his wife Lady Hilda Rose Montgomerie (1860-1928). This marriage was dissolved in 1924 when he came to live at Westleton, Suffolk where a well-known and respected portrait and landscape painter being heavily involved with Walter Francis Crittall's 'Sole Bay Group' in the early 1930's. In 1939, an artist living at The Hall, West Street, East Kesteven, Lincolnshire with a housekeeper and was of The Barn, Westleton, near Saxmundham, Suffolk when he died at Stamford Infirmary, Lincolnshire on 1 April 1941, aged 63.




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