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Hero Brit Tom Jackson nominated for award

AAP logoAAP 31/08/2016 Jamie McKinnell

British backpacker Tom Jackson has been posthumously nominated for a bravery award by the Queensland premier for intervening in an horrific stabbing in the state's north.

Mr Jackson, 30, died in Townsville Hospital on Tuesday, one week after he suffered horrific injuries trying to save the life of fellow Brit Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, during the incident in Home Hill last week.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Wednesday said she had written to the Australian Bravery Declarations Council to nominate him for recognition.

"Mr Jackson's reported actions of putting his own life before the life of hers represents an extraordinary act of courage and is deserving of recognition for this brave act," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Mr Jackson's father Les, who flew to Australia to be at his son's hospital bedside, has spoken of his pride in his son's heroic actions.

Ms Palaszczuk said she had also spoken with Les Jackson.

"Les has asked me to pass on his thanks for the support his family is receiving from the community as well as the thanks from the local police, paramedics, and all the staff at the ICU at Townsville Hospital," she said.

"These were tragic events and on behalf of Queenslanders I offer our thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones of those involved."

Frenchman Smail Ayad, 29, has been charged with Ayliffe-Chung's murder and will be formally charged with Mr Jackson's murder at his next court appearance on October 28.

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