The Collection of Medals formed by the late Arnold Jackson
John Arnold Jackson (1947 - 2012)
John Arnold Jackson ("Arnie") was born in 1947, a native of the ancient Lancashire village of Croston. Arnie worked as a Health and Safety Manager in the manufacturing industry, predominantly the Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Company and later Scapa. As a Chartered Member of the Health and Safety Executive he was a respected member of his profession over many years. In Croston he was a keen supporter of village life along with his wife Carole and served as Church Warden for St Michael and All Angels parish church.
Arnie was named after his cousin Arnold Hargreaves who fought in the Second World War in the 6th Battalion of the Parachute Regiment and was sadly killed at Pegasus Bridge on D-Day. Arnold followed in the footsteps of his father Henry - who served with the 9th Bengal Lancers.
As a boy growing up, Arnie marveled at historic events and the tales of individual enterprise during times of war. He became fascinated with the stories that supported the awarding of medals to his uncle Henry and cousin and namesake Arnold.
When a little older and better able to research his love of history, Arnie found his focus drawn to the Lancashire Regiment and the Bengal Light Cavalry. He subsequently started to collect medals to go along with the stories and tales of historic endeavour. Much of Arnie's medal collection - gathered over a thirty year period - covered Waterloo, the Crimean War, the Anglo-Sikh Wars and the 2nd Afghan War.
Although the Hargreaves medals are to be retained by the family, a significant proportion of Arnie's collection is now offered for sale at auction to allow others to enjoy and take forward with their own collections of history.