SANDERS KEEP MILITARY CEMETERY
Pas de Calais
General Directions: Graincourt-les-Havrincourt is a village 10 kilometres south west of Cambrai. The Cemetery is signposted at the intersection of the main road from Bapaume to Cambrai (N30) and the Marquion Havrincourt road (D15). 2 kilometres south of the N30 on the D15 towards Havrincourt the Cemetery is signposted to the left where it can be found at the end of a single track leading towards Graincourt.
"Sanders Keep" was a German fortification 2 kilometres South-West of the village, between the Hermies and Havrincourt roads. It was stormed by the Scots Guards on the 27th September, 1918, and after the fight the British and German dead were buried on the battlefield by the Guards Division Burial Officer.
Lance Corporal Thomas Norman Jackson, VC, 1st Bn. Coldstream Guards, killed in action 27/09/1918 aged 21, plot II. D. 4.
Son of Thomas Edwin and Emma Jackson, of 3, Market St., Swinton, Rotherham.
Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 31034, dated 26th Nov., 1918, records the following.-"For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice in the attack across the Canal Du Nord, near Graincourt. On the morning of the 27th September, 1918, Lce. Cpl. Jackson was the first to volunteer to follow Capt. C. H. Frisby, Coldstream Guards, across the Canal du Nord in his rush against an enemy machine-gun post, with two comrades he followed his officer across the Canal, rushed the post, captured the two machine-guns, and so enabled the companies to advance. Later in the morning, Lce. Cpl. Jackson was the first to jump into a German trench which his platoon had to clear, and after doing further excellent work he was unfortunately killed. Throughout the whole day until he was killed this young N.C.O. showed the greatest valour and devotion to duty and set an inspiring example to all."
Casualty Details: UK 142, Total Burials: 142