Simon Jack 1846

Simon Jack was born at Avoch on Christmas Day 1846 and christened there the following August. He left Avoch for London, and on 27th December 1869 became a trooper in the 2nd Lifeguards. His army number was 621, ad he is described as 6ft 2ins, fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. His former trade of calling was that of farm servant. In the autumn of 1872 Simon married Harriett Jolly at St.Pancras in London. She was the daughter of Henry, a farm worker from Hopton in Suffolk. The following year, their first child was born, a son, Simon Alick Jack. More children followed, Annie in 1876, Matilda Margaret in 1877 and Mary Ann Frances (my great-grandmother) in 1879. The family was completed in 1882 with the birth of a second son Daniel at Windsor. No doubt, Simon would have been stationed at the Castle at the time. Simon remained in the Lifeguards for 17 years when on 25th October 1887 he was declared medically unfit for further service. He received his army pension and moved the family to Kent where he took up work labouring in a cement factory. He has many descendants in this part of the world.

Contributed by Paul Phillips of Kent