Born in Hornsey, Middlesex, England, Dodds first went to Canada in 1901, but did not finally settle in Winnpeg, Manitoba, until after serving with the British Army in World War I. He served on the World Scout Committee of the World Organization of the Scout Movement from 1947 until 1949 and again from 1951 until 1955.
Mr. Dodds was awarded the following medals during his lifetime:
- CBE – Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire: 1 Jan 1944
- OBE – Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire: 3 June 1919
- 1914 Star: 1917
- British War Medal: 1914 - 1918
- Victory Medal: 1914 - 1919
- 1935 Jubilee Medal
- 1937 George VI Coronation Medal
- 1953 Queen Elizabeth Coronation Medal
- Order of the Phoenix – Greece
- Royal Order of George I – Greece
Dodds was a strong swimmer and was on the Canadian national waterpolo team which competed in Saint Petersburg, Russia against the Russian team prior to their revolution. He was married to Florence Lydia Wood (1886-1949), a professional singer who sang under the name Roma. He was father to Roma, Donald, Stanley and Jean.
In 1953 Dodds' affiliation and support of Scouting led to a summer camp for Cubs being named in his honour, Camp Jackson Dodds. It was located in the lower Laurentians of Quebec, south of Saint Sauveur. The Camp Jackson Dodds property was closed by Quebec Council in August 2005. They sold the land and used the money to build a Cub facility, named Camp Jackson Dodds, on part of Tamaracouta Scout Reserve.
Dodds had a distinguished career with the Bank of Montreal where he was General Manager before his retirement. Dodds' image appeared on the paper currency of the Bank of Montreal in 1931,1935, and 1938 (during the time he was General Manager).
Jackson died of cancer in Montreal on April 7, 1961.