William Thomas Nixon

Date of birth: 1888
Place of birth: Madeley, Staffordshire
Date of marriage: 1913
Place of marriage: Southampton
Rank: Temporary 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment / Division: York and Lancaster Regiment
Battalion: 7th Battalion
Died: 26th October 1918 aged 29 / 30 years
Death Location France

Life before the War
Thomas’s parents were Thomas, aka Tom, and Ellen, nee Hawkins.  His father was born in 1862 Madeley, Staffordshire.  His mother was from Enford, Wiltshire and was born in 1860. Tom and Ellen married in 1884, Staffordshire.  Thomas had 2 siblings – Ellen Maud b.1885 and Harry b.1890.

In 1891 the family was living at Hole House Cottages, Madeley, Staffordshire. Tom was a Stationary Engine Driver.

By 1901 the family had moved to Southampton and was living at 68 North Front, St. Mary’s Parish.  Tom now had his own business as a Provisions Merchant which he ran from home.

Staying in Southampton the family moved to 44 Wilton Avenue by 1911.  Tom was now working as an Insurance Agent, Ellen was employed by a private family as a Governess, Thomas was an Inspector in Insurance and Harry was employed by the Civil Service as a Clerk.  The family had three boarders staying in their home.  The census shows that Tom and Ellen had 7 children in total, however only 3 survived.

Thomas married Dorothee Florence Rose Hase in 1913 in Southampton. They had a son Peter William born 15th August 1914.

National Probate Calendar
“Nixon Thomas William of 55 Wilton Avenue Southampton temporary second lieutenant 7th service battalion York and Lancaster regiment died 26 October 1918 at No. 33 Casualty Clearing Station France. Probate Winchester 20 January 1919 to Dorothee Florence Rose Nixon widow and Henry Thomas Gale accountant. Effects £586 6s 9d”.

War Service

Name: Thomas William Nixon
Death date: 26 Oct 1918
Rank: Temp 2 / Lieutenant
Regiment: York and Lancaster Regiment
Battalion: 7th Battalion
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds

On the 26th October 1918, age 30, Thomas died from his wounds.  He is Remembered with Honour at the Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, France.

Thomas was entitled to the British Service and Victory Medals which his wife applied for on 4th March 1922. 

Researcher: Rebecca Lonergan
Published: 3rd September 2013

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