Mayor 1933 – 1934

Second Term of Office 1940 – 1941

Third Term of Office 1941 – 1942


Born: 28th May 1880, Ipswich.


Father: Henry Jackson, born 1846, Elmswell, Suffolk. A Sculptor & Stone Mason – own account. Henry Jackson died 12th July 1900, at 145, Cemetery Road, Ipswich. He was laid to rest Monday, 16th July, at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section J in the grave of his brother Robert Fletcher Jackson, a provisions merchant, who died 1879, Brighton.


Mother: Emma Jackson (nee Wood), born 1846, Clopton, Suffolk. Emma was deaf. Emma Jackson died 1927, Ipswich. Laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section J in the grave of her husband Henry Jackson and brother-in-law Robert Fletcher Jackson.



Charles Henry Fletcher Jackson, born 1869, Ipswich, baptised 8th August 1869, St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich. Charles Jackson died 8th July 1885, aged 16, of Acute Rheumatic Fever (for 39 days), a Bugler for the Royal Engineers at the Fort Pitt Hospital, Rochester, Kent.


Flora Emma Jackson, born 1871, Ipswich, baptised 4th June 1871, St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich.


Ellen Maud Jackson, born 9th January 1875, Ipswich. An Elementary School Mistress. In 1939, Ellen was a retired Schoolmistress. She was living at her home – 581, Norwich Road, Ipswich. Ellen Jackson died Valentine’s Day, 1941, at ‘Springslade’ 581, Norwich Road, Ipswich.




1881   23, Rendlesham Road, Ipswich.

Robert was 10 months old and living with his parents & siblings.

Henry, 34, a Sculptor.

Emma, 35.

Charles, 11.

Flora, 9.

Ellen, 6.


1891   145, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.

Robert was 10 years old and living with his parents & sister.

Henry, 45, a Monumental Sculptor – employer.

Emma, 46.

Ellen, 16, a Pupil Teacher.


1901   145, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.

Robert was 20 years old, a Stone and Marble Mason. He was head of the household to his widowed mother & sister.

Emma, 54.

Ellen, 26, a Teacher – Municipal Ipswich Education Committee.


1911   31, Broom Hill Road, Ipswich.

Robert was 30 years old, an Organising Secretary – Political – Labour Party. He was married and head of the household.

Rosa, 27.

George & Emily Garrod. Courtesy of  Stephen Jarvis.

In 1910, Ipswich, Robert married Rosa Emily Garrod, born 19th February 1884, Ipswich – daughter of George & Emily Garrod, of Ipswich.


Father: George Robert Garrod, born 1858, Ipswich. A Market Gardener – employer. George Garrod died 1st April 1932, at Pear Cottage, 54, Brunswick Road, Ipswich.


Mother: Emily Jane Garrod (nee Ashwell), born 10th March 1861, Erwarton, Suffolk. Emily Garrod died 22nd March 1938, Pear Cottage, 54, Brunswick Road, Ipswich.

Rosa and Robert had three children:

Joan Jackson, born 4th September 1911, Ipswich. A schoolteacher. In 1940, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, Joan married Colin George Tuthill, born 21st January 1907, Melton, Suffolk. Colin Tuthill died 1996, Derby, Derbyshire. Joan Tuthill died 2001, Derby.


Nina Jackson, born 31st October 1912, Ipswich. Nina attended Springfield Council School from 1917 – 1923, before moving on to Ipswich High School for Girls, Westerfield Road, from 1923 – 1931. In October 1931, after taking the entrance examination, Nina entered Bedford College for Women. For three years Nina studied Mathematics and Physics. Nina Jackson died 6th April 1977, at her residence 44, Pipit Rise, Bedford, Bedfordshire.


Peter Jackson, born 26th October 1920, Ipswich. In 1949, in Shotley Gate, Suffolk, Peter married Rosemary Patricia Edmunds, a telephone operator, born 9th December 1919, Shotley Gate, Suffolk – daughter of William Victor Edmunds, an omnibus driver, and Gladys Grace Edmunds (nee Pettit), of 4, Caledonia Terrace, Shotley Gate. Peter Jackson died 1999, Ipswich. Rosemary Jackson died 6th November 2006, Ipswich.




Robert was a Secretary & Political Agent. He was living with Rosa and two of their children at their family home – 79, Beechcroft Road, Ipswich.

Rosa, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Joan, an Elementary School Teacher.

Peter, a Junior Assistant – Building Inspector – Local Authority.


Robert Jackson died on the 28th January 1951, of 79, Beechcroft Road, Ipswich.


Probate to Rosa Emily Jackson – widow.


Rosa Emily Jackson died 23rd January 1980, at 9, Burlington Road, Ipswich.


On Thursday, 27th February 1908, the Mayor of Ipswich, Harry Raffe received a deputation representing about 200 unemployed Trade Unionists. Harry was attended by the Town Clerk, Mr. Will Bantoft and Mr. Alexander Alfred Moffat, of the Town Clerk’s office, who met with the deputation in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Town Hall. At the request of the Mayor, Mr. Francis James Ellis, a jobbing compositor and Mr. Robert Frederick Jackson, a stonemason submitted the programme which they wished to have carried out. First was an application to the Right Hon. John Burns for a grant, and it was pointed out that if other towns were able to get assistance, surely Ipswich might too. Next to work which might be found in Ipswich for the unemployed, Francis Ellis mentioned the provision of public urinals and of shelters at the various tramway terminal. Francis Ellis felt that an improvement might be made at Stoke Bathing Place, and that was a great deal of work which wanting doing at the Town Hall. Francis continued to say that if Ipswich Council saw their way to providing work, they would ask for the maintenance of an eight-hour day, and for pay at the Union rate for the district, even if they only worked three or four days in the week.

Harry Raffe responded to say that personally, he was willing to do all he could, but before considering these propositions in detail, there were two questions to be answered – where was the money to come from, and would the Council agree to it? They must remember that it was the money of the ratepayers that they were spending. Furthermore, it must be clearly understood that no responsibility rested with the Council to find work for the unemployed and that the Council had NO FUNDS at their disposal for such a purpose. Harry suggested that if there were able-bodied men among the deputation they should apply for work at the Hadleigh Road, where 70 more men could be put on tomorrow. There were already engaged carpenters, painters, bricklayers, shoemakers, and so on. Francis Ellis and Robert Jackson protested! The Mayor responded by saying that he could not recognise the Trade Unionists or I.L.P. as such at all in the matter; they were there simply as unemployed ratepayers and in the same position as other persons. The Council could not make differences between the ratepayers, he, therefore, did not hold out any great hope of the Council taking action on their behalf in the way suggested.

In reply, Francis Ellis made a remark which led to a rather heated discussion between himself and the Mayor! The possibility of obtaining a grant from Mr. John Burns through the medium of the Distress Committee was debated at some length. Robert Jackson sounded the Mayor on the advantage of the piece-work system. Harry replied that he wished to be fair to both the ratepayers and the employed. Robert Jackson answered strongly to say that the Mayor’s behaviour that morning strengthened them in the idea of trying to get some of their own men onto Ipswich Council!

The deputation withdrew, thanking the Mayor for his time and in reply the Mayor promised to lay their programme before the Council, who would receive them at their meeting if they thought fit. E.A.D.T. – Friday, 28th February 1908


On Wednesday, 25th March 1908, a special meeting of the Ipswich Town Council was held at the Town Hall. The Mayor, Harry Raffe presented a report regarding a deputation from unemployed Trade Unionists, which had waited upon him on Thursday, 27th February. Mr. Francis Ellis had suggested that the Ipswich Corporation should employ Trade Unionists who were out of work and should pay them Union rate of wages for an eight hours’ day, he suggested the provision of public urinals, the provision of shelters at the various tramway termini, improving the Stoke Bathing Place, and in doing work at the Town Hall. The deputation also suggested that masons ought to be employed to lay flag pavement at Union rate of wages, instead of the paviours who were now employed in laying the flags on piecework. The deputation had admitted that the paving work was well done by the present Ipswich staff. Harry told the Council that he had pointed out that two questions at once arose – where was the money to come from to meet the proposed expenditure? – and would the Council at the present time sanction the outlay? Francis Ellis and Robert Jackson’s reply was that it should be paid for out of Mr. John Burns’ fund. Harry told the meeting that he pointed out to the deputation that no responsibility rested with the Council to find work for the unemployed. Any money which they expended would have to be raised by a rate, and rates could only be made for the purposes authorised by an Act of Parliament. He continued to tell the Council that he had offered at once to take 70 men upon the Hadleigh Road development scheme. This offer was declined by the deputation, who had stated that it was an insult to offer Hadleigh Road work to Trade Unionists! Harry had then stated that he could not make any distinction between Trade Unionists or members of the Independent Labour Party and other ratepayers who were in need of employment. The deputation then asked for their views to be put before the Council and asked that their application should be made to the President of the Local Government Board for a share of the grant made by Parliament for the relief of distress arising from lack of employment. Harry told the Council that as they had declined to accept work on the Hadleigh Road, I informed them that I could not see my way to make any application to the President of the Local Government Boar, but I would place their views before the Council. The Mayor then told the gathered gentlemen that he did not intend to say anything further.

Alderman Robert Stocker Paul said the Estates Committee had no plans of spending any money on either the Town Hall of the Stoke Bathing Place, if they did it would be put out to tender – the only fair way of spending the ratepayers’ money.

Alderman Frederick Turner said the Public Health Committee had arranged to build one urinal at the bottom of Long Street and they had applied to the Local Government Board for sanction to borrow the money. The permission had yet been received.

The action taken by the Mayor Harry Raffe be approved was moved by Alderman Robert Stocker Paul and seconded by Alderman Edward Colby Ransome and was unanimously agreed to. E.A.D.T. – Thursday, 26th March 1908

Evening Star – 30th July 1942
Another List of Names

The Mayor of Ipswich (Alderman R.F. Jackson) said at Wednesday’s meeting of the Town Council that he thought it appropriate to make some reference to the numbers of Ipswich men who had been posted as missing or killed in military operations. “I think it would be the wish of the Council that we should express to the relatives of these men our heartfelt sympathy. Suffolk as a county has been hit particularly hard and in so far as our own Council employees are concerned I would like the Council to know that as soon as a man has been posted as missing or killed I send on their behalf a letter of sympathy to the relatives. We hope most sincerely that those who have been posted as missing are alive and well.”

L.-Bdr. Victor Newman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Newman, 472, Bramford Road,
Ipswich. He was employed by the East London Rubber Co., Ltd., Falcon
Street, Ipswich.

Gunner Harold Webb, R.A., youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Webb, 39,
Pauline Street, Ipswich. He was employed in the butchery department of
the Co-operative Society.

Gunner J.H. (Jim) Cooper, son of Mrs. Cooper, 255, Britannia Road. He
was employed by Mr. Self, builder.

Signaller John H.R. Day, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Day, 18,
Crofton Road, Ipswich, formerly employed in Borough Treasurer’s department.

Pte. C.W. Knott, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Knott, of 21, Lancaster
Road, Ipswich.

Driver G. Warne, fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. Warne, Rothsay, Linksfield
Road, Rushmere.

L.-Cpl. S.A. Simons (Royal Corps of Signals), only son of Mr. and Mrs.
Simons, 56, Crofton Road. He was employed by Messrs. W. Pretty and Sons,
Ltd., Tower Ramparts.

Gunner R.O. Tricker, youngest son of Mrs.Tricker, 420, Wherstead Road,
Ipswich, formerly employed by Mr. W. Denton, accountant.

Driver Cyril Buckles, recently of 25, Cullingham Road, Ipswich, son of
Mrs. S. Forsdyke, of 5, Council Houses, Stonham Aspal.

Joseph U.C. Capocci, R.A., eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Capocci, 2a,
Reynolds Road, Ipswich.

Gunner E. Foulger, eldest son of Mrs. J.A. Foulger, 78, Derby Road,
Ipswich. He was employed by Messrs. Wrinch and Sons, Nacton Road.

Corporal E. Newton, eldest son of Mrs. Sole, 52, Beck Street. He was
employed by the Danish Bacon Company, Foundation Street.

Note: Many of the names were from the 67th Med. Royal Artillery. 




Alderman Robert Frederick Jackson was granted Freedom of the Borough of Ipswich 28th April 1948 in recognition of his service to the town.  Honorary Freedom of the County Borough of Ipswich has been conferred by the Council under the Honorary Freedom Act 1885, Honorary Freedom of the Said Borough accordingly.



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