Thomas Smibert Jack

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: HMS Unicorn, Dundee
  • Service no: Clyde Z/663
  • Rank: Petty Officer
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards: Mentioned in Dispatches
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve
  • Unit/Ship: Hood Battalion, R.N. Div
  • Place of Death: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Age at Death: 34
  • Date of Death: 19.07.1915
  • Burial Country: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Cemetery: Helles Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 8 to 15

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 2 Fort Street, Broughty Ferry.
  • Occupation: Marine Engineer
  • Mother:
  • Father:
  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Annie Jack

  • Children:

    William, born 29.09.1905, Isabella, born 23.12.1909 & Nora, born 31.01.1912

More about Thomas Smibert Jack

Thomas has no known grave but is remembered on the Helles Memorial. His address is also listed as 49 South Brown St.

On 19 July 1915, Clyde Z/663 P.O. Thomas Jack, Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Division, was killed in action at the Dardanelles. Born on 27 September 1880, Jack had been an engineman on a Dundee trawler before the war.
Joining the Royal Naval Division on 7 October 1914, he was posted to Hood Battalion in June 1915, being Mentioned in Despatches ‘For meritorious work (on 4 June 1915) in taking command of his company during the assault in the absence of his company officer killed or wounded’.
Petty Officer Jack was killed in action on 19 July, and buried in the communication trench ‘between 5 in E10 and 6 in E11’, with a cross marking his grave. He was survived by a widow and three children.
Jack is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey and the wooden memorial plaque in St Aidan’s Parish Church, Broughty Ferry.

BROUGHTY MAN KILLED IN ACTION. Broughty Ferry has lost many sons in the war, and the latest victim officially notified is Petty Officer Thomas Jack, of the Hood Battalion R.N.V.R. He was killed in action in the Dardanelles on 19th July, and leaves a widow and three of a family, who reside in Brown Street, Broughty Ferry.
P.O. Jack, a fine type of Britisher, enlisted in the Naval Brigade in September last, and was previously employed as engineer on a Dundee trawler. The Evening telegraph and Post, Tuesday, 10 August 1915, 2.

BROUGHTY FERRY PETTY OFFICER KILLED. Mrs Jack, Brown Street, Broughty Ferry, was yesterday officially notified that her husband, Petty Officer Thomas Jack, Hood Battalion R.N.V.R., had been killed in action at the Dardanelles on 19th July. He was previously in the Collingwood Battalion.
Jack, previous to enlisting in September last, was employed as an engineer on a Dundee trawler. He leaves a widow and three of a family. The Courier, Tuesday, 10 August 1915, 6.


Thomas S Jack was the husband of Mrs Annie Jack, later Smith of 49 South Brown Street, Dundee. He was an Engineman and lived at Lilias Place, King Street, Broughty Ferry when he volunteered to join the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve onboard HMS Unicorn for service in the Royal Naval Division. Shortly after he arrived at the Crystal Palace in South London for initial Naval Training he was advanced to Leading Seaman. After this he was sent to Blandford Camp in Dorset for advanced military training and was drafted to the Collingwood Battalion, where served in the 1st Platoon of A Company. The Collingwood Battalion landed in Gallipoli in late May 1915 and took part in the Third Battle of Krithia on 4 June 1915. This was their first and last action because, as they advanced towards the enemy line, they were caught in heavy Turkish artillery and machinegun fire. The number of dead and wounded was very high and the Battalion was disbanded two days later. The survivors were distributed to the other RND battalions to replace their losses and Thomas Jack was transferred to the Hood Battalion. However, his conduct during the battle was rewarded with a Mention In Despatches and this was reported in the London Gazette 29354 dated 5 November 1915 in the Collingwood List. Thomas Jack was Killed in Action on 7 July 1915 and was buried at a Map Reference and with a Cross. However his body was not found after the war and his name is on the Helles Memorial on Gallipoli.

Additional images courtesy of Thomas’s great grandson, Andrew Hill.

Further information supplied by Iain Stewart and Iain Birnie

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