Last week we were delighted to welcome to College the granddaughter of one of our WW1 casualties, Ewan Jackson. Win and her husband Alf came all the way from New Zealand!
After a tour of the school they joined us for lunch before coming to watch the Bay Swim (which her grandfather might even have done himself!) and finally attending Chapel.
Ewan Jackson was one of 5 Manx brothers who attended KWC. They are pictured here with their mother who was the daughter of Sir William Leece-Drinkwater of Kirby Park, the First Deemster of the island. (Ewan standing, centre) The Jackson family lived at The Cottage in Derbyhaven.
In 1890 Ewan won the U16 One Mile Race. After leaving College, he emigrated to New Zealand to become a sheep farmer, but later volunteered to come back to Europe to fight in the war.
He was killed on 23rd June 1917 at the Battle of Messines Ridge in Belgium, leaving a widow and 5 children. Ewan’s youngest daughter, Margaret, was Win’s mother.