Richard was born on 25 April 1894 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.  He was the sixth of eight children born to Henry Nixon (1852-1915) and Mary Ann Farrant Nixon (née Edwards) (1860-1921).  In 1911 Richard was still living at home but he was working as a butcher’s assistant.  When war broke out Richard enlisted at ‘Aldershot, Nova Scotia, Canada’ on 20 July 1915. He gave his next of kin as his mother, who was living at 48a Eden Street, Cambridge.  He died at the Canadian Military Hospital in Hastings, Sussex on 23 August 1917.  Richard was awarded the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.  His name was recorded in the First World War Book of Remembrance as ‘Sgt. Nixon, Richard 60th Bn’. His entry appeared under the heading ‘Vimy … Arras’ — the Battle of Arras (of which Vimy Ridge was a part) took place in April-May 1917 and was fought on the Allied side mainly by the Canadian Force.

 

NIXON.-On 23rd August, at the Canadian Military Hospital, Hastings, Sergt. Richard Nixon, 23rd Canadian Reserves, son of Mrs. M. A. Nixon, 48a, Eden-street, Cambridge, aged 23 years.

Cambridge Daily News, Tuesday, 28 August 1917

 

Richard’s maternal first cousin, Harry Farrant Driver (1885-1918) was also killed in the war.  He was a Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment.  He died on 28 August 1918 and had been awarded a military cross.  Harry was buried in Grave G.3, Meaulte Military Cemetery, France.  Harry was also commemorated in Cambridge at St Paul’s and on the Cambridge Guildhall War Memorial.

 

Nixon grave
Nixon grave

 

Lat Lon : 52.201802 0.13828139 – click here for location

Parish : Holy Trinity

See family grave page for more information

 

 

 

Sources:

Veterans Affairs Canada

Wikipedia ’23rd Reserve Battalion, CEF’

Census: 1891, 1901 and 1911

England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915

England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915

England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915

England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995

UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s to Current

Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918

Cambridge Daily News, Tuesday, 28 August 1917

Cambridge Daily News, Monday, 12 April 1920

 

By Ian Bent and Emma Easterbrook

 

Richard Nixon