You may have wondered how I managed to come up with an obscure name like The Grand Eckson 1918 for a beard oil? Why did I choose Remembrance Day to explain? There is a connection, to be honest any day is a good day to explain it but it just feels right on the 11th November.
The Grand Eckson 1918 is named after someone very important to me.
Alex (Eck) Jackson was born in a farm cottage on a small holding near Ancrum, a village in the Scottish Borders, in 1918. He left school at fourteen years old and started working on farms until he was called up for army duty in September 1939 when he joined The Lothians and Border Horse Yeomanry and served almost seven years as a Corporal.
He was demobbed after the Second World War and continued to work on the Scottish Border farms. He met and married his wife Anne in 1951. Eventually, in 1966 he took employment as a heavy goods vehicle driver with a company based in Musselburgh.
He soon earned a reputation as ‘the best driver’ and was admired by his workmates. Alex became a retired pensioner. He coped with this role for one week only, then returned to work in all aspects of labour.
It would be fair to say Alex never retired. During his time with the Lothians and Border Horse Yeomanry for him the Second World War experience was mixed, as you can imagine the horrors he witnessed cannot be spoken about or repeated.
Alex and his regiment were involved in ten major battles and many vicious skirmishes along the way, but he did admit to missing the company after being demobbed.
Eck endured the following battles
- Bou Arada • Monte Cassino (major)
- Kasserine Pass (major) • Liri Valley
- Thala • Monte Piccolo
- Fondouk • Monte Rotondo
- Sidi Ali • Capture of Perugia
- Bordj • Arrezo (major)
- Djebel Kournine • Advance to Florence
- Tunis • Argenta Gap (major)
- Hammam Lif (major)
- Bou Ficha
His friends, too many to mention, had an age range from young to very old. He embraced any person he met and found it easy to connect with anybody and their hobbies or interests, which is unique.
This pastime continued by visiting the Isle of Man TT races, which is a family connection I mentioned in the Isle of Man TT Game post.
Throughout Eck’s ninety five years he was admitted to a hospital only once for a minor complaint and enjoyed good health up to his death.
He drove with Anne, his wife, to Musselburgh on the day he died, which demonstrates his willpower, strength and attitude towards living.
Why Remembrance Day?
Eck Jackson is my Grandad, so when he passed, I wanted to continue something in his memory. Because I am Eck's Grandson and he was born in 1918, The Grand Eckson 1918 made perfect sense.
This would be the first entry into The Black Series. Every 11th of November, Remembrance Day, my family and I would visit a memorial with Alex and Anne to remember the fallen and pay our respects, we still do.
Although sadly we are without Eck and Anne now, we remember them now too.
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