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7871   Private William Nixon
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 26/08/1914 (Killed in Action)
Age: 30
William Nixon was the son of Joseph and Jane Nixon. He was born about 1885 in Derryloran area of Cookstown. By 1901, William had left school and was working as a post boy. His mother is recorded as a widow. From about 1905, William had been employed in Adairís Mill at Greenvale. William Nixon and Emma Davidson were married in 1909. They went on to have two children. William had been on the Reserve Army prior to the outbreak of the war. 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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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Esnes Communal Cemetery
  Esnes, Nord, 
Grave Ref:
CWGC Casualty 323953
Esnes is a village in the Department of the Nord, 8 kilometres south-east of Cambrai. The Cemetery is north-east of the village on the road to Langsart.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 St Luran's Church, Church Street Cookstown
2 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 2018 Cookstown
3 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 1927 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 20
2 Adairs Mill Greenvale
3 Derryloran Parish Church 1915
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Nixon family Lists William as age 11 living with the family at house 12 in Killymoon Demesne, Cookstown
2 1911 Census lists Nixon family Lists William as age 26 living with his family at house 25 in Gortalowry, Cookstown Rural
3 Derryloran Parish Church of Ireland Roll of Honour Published in the Mid-Ulster Mail on Saturday 2 January 1915
4 Photo of Private William Nixon's grave
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
6 Private Robert Falls Friend
7 Private Robert McShane, Dungannon War Dead Shares a headstone with Private William Nixon
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private William Nixon's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023