Jack volunteered to sign up, and was packed off to Inns of Court officer training, where he would become a ‘Temporary Gentleman’ after being commissioned as a Temporary 2nd Lieutenant in the East Yorkshire Regiment.
His service record shows that he arrived in France on 16th September 1916.
On 25th March 1917, Jack lead a patrol into No Man’s Land on the Western Front of the Battle of the Somme. Under heavy fire Jack showed great courage, leading his men all the way to the German trenches, and capturing a German prisoner.
Jack then lead his men, still under heavy artillery fire and bombardment, and ensured they all made it back to their trench, without a single one of his men suffering any injury.
As a result of this action, Jack was awarded the Military Cross for, as the citation says, ‘Outstanding Gallantry’ in the face of almost impossible odds.
But more heroic drama was soon to follow, which ended in astonishing bravery, as well as tragedy.