Hongkong & Shanghai Bank,
My dear Fan  ,
I was very glad to get a letter from you so long ago as the 18th January.
You allude to Dr. Dobson’s  visit to Europe, he appears to have had awful weather on recrossing the Atlantic; I wish I had been able to see more of him.
Tommy  is a major and is in temporary Command of his Battalion 1st Kings Own Royal Lancasters:- We had a letter from him today he wrote very cheerily; in a recent letter he said “I was never fitter in my life”. I think it quite likely he will be left permanently in charge of the battalion. He cannot be made Lieut Colonel yet a while as there [are] men senior to him on leave and/or wounded and may return.
Julius  is with us now and has been for a month or more:- about three weeks ago he had to have an operation to remove an abscess at the seat of the wound the pelvis socket; he was very wretched and down on his luck for ten days afterwards; after that he was cheerful and is so now; he goes about on crutches; the right leg is not much use to him. It will be a long business: I comfort him by saying “A live ass is better than a de[a]d lion”
Pat  has been recuperating at St. Moritz he will be with us in a few days when he will find out what they are going to do with him; the chances are that he will go at once to join his Regiment at the front.
Russell  is a Lieut in the Royal Garrison Artillery, only for the war – I am sure you must have heard that got married recently – we know his wife. She has stopped with us at Stansted.
Kathleen’s  husband Major Tabor  is at Shorncliffe training Cavalry for the 3rd & 7th Hussars at the front. Amy’s  husband Major Lloyd is at the front. He rejoined after being away from the Regular Army ten years. I enclose a demand draft for 50 Gold $ twenty five for you and Blin which accept with my love to you both, and very kind remembrance to Dr. Dobson  .
Your affectionate uncle,
T. Jackson NOTE: I missed a footnote in the last paragraph. "Blin" is Sarah Margaret BROWN, "Fan's" sister.
 Frances Oliver BROWN(E) (1881-1928) is a niece of Sir Thomas, a daughter of his sister, Bessie. She and her sister (Sarah Margaret “Blin” BROWN(E)) lived with Dr. DOBSON and his wife in Poughkeepsie, USA. I believe they both worked in the office of his medical practice.
 Dr. Dobson and his wife emigrated to the USA. I don’t know much more.
 Killynure, Co. Armagh was the family home of Bessie BROWN(E) née JACKSON and her husband Thmpson BROWN(E) and their ten children.
 Sarah Margaret “Blin” BROWN (1886-1963)
 Thomas Dare JACKSON was the first born son of Sir Thomas JACKSON. (1876-1954). He was serving in WWI and had already received the DSO once and would subsequently receive a bar.
 This is Sir Thomas’s second son, George Julius JACKSON.(1883-1956). In a subsequent letter, 20Dec1915 mention is made of a further surgery to correct the problem.
 “Pat” is the nickname of the youngest son of Sir Thomas, Claude Stewart JACKSON ( 1892-1917). He died in action at Ypres.
 This is Sir Thomas’s third son, Walter David Russell JACKSON (1890-1956). He married Kathleen HUNTER, daughter of Summers HUNTER of HSBC.
 “Bea” Beatrice Minnie Shrieve JACKSON (1879-1972) is the fourth daughter of Sir Thomas and her husband Raymond John MARKER died 13 November, 1914 from wounds suffered in battle.
 Combe, Devon is where she continued to live at least until 1934 where it is recorded as her address when her son is married.
 Kathleen McCullagh JACKSON (1872-1959), the first born daughter of Sir Thomas.
 Albert Maitland TABOR (1872-1941) Major 3rd Hussars
 Amy Oliver JACKSON (1874-1962) married John Henry LLOYD (1872-1941)
 It would seem that Dr. DOBSON emigrated from Armagh. He practiced in Poughkeepsie, USA.
 Sir Thomas JACKSON (1841-1915)
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