Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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05/12/2018 Our shelter from the stormy blast,
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05/12/2018 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 28th August 1915:
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05/12/2018 NIXON – In loving and affectionate remembrance of my dear husband, Private William Nixon, who was killed in action on 26th August 1914.
05/12/2018 Our hope for years to come,
05/12/2018 And our eternal Home.
05/12/2018 Beneath the shadow of Thy throne,
05/12/2018 Thy saints have dwelt secure,
05/12/2018 Sufficient in Thine arm alone,
05/12/2018 And our defence is sure.’
05/12/2018 Inserted by his sorrowing wife and children, Louisville, Cookstown.
05/12/2018 ‘O God our help in ages past
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22/05/2018 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 17th October 1914: Death of a Cookstown Soldier - Private William Nixon, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
22/05/2018 At a specially summoned meeting of Strifehill L.O.L. on Monday night the following resolution was passed in silence:-
22/05/2018 ‘We, the members of Strifehill L.O.L., desire to place on record our sincerest sorrow on the death of our noble and worthy brother, Private W Nixon, on the battlefield of France. His death brings to remembrance the true principles which animated our forefathers, when they too sacrificed their lives on behalf of King and country. Though we deeply mourn his death, we honour him among the heroes of the past, and from the history of our lodge his memory will never fade. To his dear wife and brother, and other relatives, we extend our heartfelt sympathy on their sad bereavement.’
22/05/2018 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24th October 1914:
22/05/2018 This week official confirmation has been received of the death of Private William Nixon, of the Inniskillings, who was killed in action on 26th August. The intelligence of Private Nixon’s death was first received over a week ago, in a letter from a comrade, and it is believed that he was one of the victims of the battles near Mons. Private Nixon, who was just 30 years of age, was a reservist, having enlisted in the Inniskillings when 18 years of age. He was for the last nine years employed at Greenvale Mills, and rejoined the colours with the first batch who left Cookstown when war was declared. He was an enthusiastic member of Cookstown Company of the Ulster Volunteers and rendered good service as a section leader. In football circles he was well known and was one of the popular players in the Cookstown Club, and while with the Volunteers at Baronscourt was a leading spirit in promoting sports at the camp during recreational hours. When leaving for the front he seemed to have a presentiment that he would not be spared to return, but said to his friends, when bidding goodbye, that if it was decreed that he should die it would be in a glorious cause. A letter to his wife, written on Sunday 23rd August, and received by her on the date of his death, said that he had taken God as his guide, and that if they did not meet on earth, his trust was that they would meet in a brighter and better world. He referred to his favourite hymn – the Ulster Covenant song:- ‘Our God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home.’ And urged that the people at home should pray for Britain’s victory. Much sympathy is felt with the young widow, who is in delicate health, and the two orphan children, a boy aged four and a half years, and a girl three years, along with his brother and his mother and sisters, who reside at Dunmurry. The deceased was a member of the Church of Ireland and if the Orange Institution.
21/05/2018 William’s father, Joseph Nixon, died on 18th October 1900 in the district of Cookstown. He was 48 years old. William’s younger brother John had died just six days earlier, age 12.
21/05/2018 William had been on the Reserve Army prior to the outbreak of the First World War and was called up when war was declared and sent to France with the first British Expeditionary Force.
21/05/2018 Family: William Nixon, Emma Nixon, William Nixon (born 15th January 1910), Jane Jean Nixon (born 18th August 1911).
21/05/2018 The 1911 census lists William as age 26, living with his wife and child at house 25 in Gortalowry, Cookstown Rural. William was a mill worker and Emma was a linen weaver.
21/05/2018 William Nixon and Emma Davidson were married on 10th July 1909 in the district of Cookstown. They went on to have two children.
21/05/2018 The 1901 census lists William as age 11, living with the family at house 12 in Killymoon Demesne, Cookstown. William had left school and was working as a post boy. His mother is recorded as a widow.
21/05/2018 Known family: Joseph Nixon, Jane Nixon, William Nixon (born about 1885), John Nixon (born 8th June 1888, died 12th October 1900, aged 12), Margaret Nixon (born 26th May 1891), Mary Nixon (born 19th July 1893), Annie Nixon (born about 1897).
21/05/2018 William Nixon was born about 1885 in Derryloran area of Cookstown.
21/05/2018 William Nixon was the son of Joseph and Jane Nixon. Joseph Nixon and Jane Purvis were married on 20th October 1882 in the district of Cookstown.
21/05/2018 Private William Nixon is commemorated locally on Cookstown Cenotaph and on St. Luran’s Church of Ireland Roll of Honour, Derryloran, Cookstown.
21/05/2018 On 26th August 1914, the opening day of Battle of Le Cateau, his battalion were at first driven back but then recovered most of the lost ground and it was during this recovery that William was killed.
21/05/2018 From about 1905, William had been employed in Adair’s Mill at Greenvale.
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21/05/2018 Private William Nixon is buried in Esnes Communal Cemetery, France.
21/05/2018 Private William Nixon was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action near Mons in Belgium on Wednesday 26th August 1914.
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21/05/2018 Private Nixon shares a headstone with Private Robert McShane, who was born in Dungannon and served with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers and died on 27th August 1914.
21/05/2018 NIXON – 26th August, killed in action, place unknown (probably near Mons), William Nixon, Louisville, Cookstown. No 7871 Private 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
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21/05/2018 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 17th October 1914: Deaths
21/05/2018 Tragically, his great friend Private Robert Falls was killed on the same day. He is commemorated on the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial in France.
21/05/2018 His last letter to his wife was written on the 23rd August and was received by her on the day he was killed. In it he said he had taken God as his guide and if they did not meet on earth his trust was that they would meet in a brighter and better world.
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30/12/2015 Inserted by his loving wife and two children.
30/12/2015 And dwell for ever with the Lord, beyond the reach of woe.
30/12/2015 There better being never ends; why then dejected weep?
30/12/2015 Why inconsolable, as those to whom no hope is given?
30/12/2015 Death is the messenger of peace, and calls the soul to Heaven.
30/12/2015 Together to their Father’s house, with joyful hearts they go,
30/12/2015 A few short years of evil past, we reach the happy shore,
30/12/2015 Where death divided friends at last, shall meet to part no more.’
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30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 26th August 1916:
30/12/2015 NIXON – In memory of Private William Nixon, Louisville, Cookstown, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Killed in action in the retreat from Mons, 26th August 1914.
30/12/2015 ‘Take comfort, Christians, when your friends in Jesus fall asleep,
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