On 17 September 1944, at 1330 Hours, “A” Company, 48th Highlanders of Canada was attacking a position 300 yards northwest of a road junction (Code Name Henly MR 867934). This objective was on low flat ground and was strongly defended by well sited and concealed enemy positions. It was overlooked on the front by a strong enemy force on a feature (Code Name Kestrel MR 961936).
Company Sergeant Major VICTOR GEORGE JACKSON was CSM of “A” Company. The Company reached and occupied its objective inflicting about 30 casualties on 1 German Paratroop Division. After approximately a two hour battle, the original objective became untenable because of the fact that the Kestrel feature was still occupied by the enemy. The Company therefore was ordered to move to a more advantageous position.
On receipt of this order, Company Sergeant Major JACKSON immediately took up a position on a forward slope in full view of the enemy and laid down very effective 2 inch mortar concentrations which inflicted casualties on the enemy. He also laid down a smoke screen which enabled the Company to move to the new position with a minimum of casualties. Company Sergeant Major JACKSON carried out this task although he was subjected to intense enemy 88mm concentrations and MG fire while doing so. In spite of this withering enemy fire, he continued to fire his 2 inch mortar until the whole of the Company, including three seriously wounded men had been moved to the new position.
Throughout the entire battle, this Warrant Officer displayed a bravery under fire which was an inspiration and example to the men of his Company. His skillful and cheerful leadership, great courage and devotion to duty was largely responsible for the success of the attack of “A” Company and merits high praise.