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This letter from Margaret JACKSON to Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON concerns the recent death of Andrew's son - Andrew Hugh Gilmore JACKSON. He was working as a stockbroker in Hong Kong and had previously worked for HSBC. He was the second of Sir Thomas JACKSON's nephews to die while working in the Far East.
Less than a half year later, Margaret's youngest son would be killed in WWI - her worst fears realized.
Sharon Oddie Brown, August 16, 2006



Co. Monaghan

Feb 2nd [19]18


My dear Andy [1] ,

I was shocked to hear from Mollie Wright [2] this morning of the grief you were all plunged into so unexpectedly.  It's an awful blow to you and Emily [3] , the first break in the family, and the dear lost one [4] so far away from home and relations.  Friends, I'm sure he had plenty to look after him in his illness. The poor fellow was so bright and genial.  It will be a weary time waiting for particulars, and one likes to hear it every little detail that can be gathered.  I suppose he and Atchy Gilmore [5] will lie in the same cemetery. Tom [6] and Brownie [7] join with me in heart felt sympathy with everyone of you.  This is just another reminder that “Here be here no continuing City”.  How many have got shocks of this kind the last three years.  I just live in constant terror hearing bad news of my boys.  With much love to you Emily and any of the family who are with you,

Every your fond sister,

Peggy [8]


[1] Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON, brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[2] Mary “Mollie” WRIGHT née MENARY, niece of Sir Thomas JACKSON. Her husband also worked at HSBC.

[3] Eliza Emily JACKSON née GILMORE, wife of Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON

[4] Andrew Hugh Gilmore JACKSON, died from typhoid fever in Hong Kong in January 31, 1918 at age 37. AKA “Tandy”. He worked as a banker and then stockbroker in Hong Kong.

[5] Acheson George Henry GILMORE (1874-1907) son of Samuel GILMORE & Georgina Victoria Wilhelmina Henry who also died in Hong Kong (or else Tientsin, China where he was working as a banker for HSBC). He was a cousin of Andrew Hugh Gilmore JACKSON – both men were nephews of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[6] Thomas Jackson REED, son of Margaret JACKSON & Robert Hamilton REED

[7] “Brownie” AKA Alice Margaret McCULLAGH (1894-1945) Daughter of Margaret JACKSON & Andrew Bradford McCULLAGH, niece of Sir Thomas JACKSON. She married Andrew ALEXANDER.

[8] Margaret JACKSON (1853-1944), sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON



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