Private Frederick Nixon


Frederick Nixon was born (as Thomas Nixon) on 25 August 1888 at Furnish, Brookeboro, County Fermanagh, the sixth of twelve children of labourer Thomas Nixon and his wife Sarah Jane (née Rutherford). At the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Drumcunny, Lisknaskea, where (as Wilfred Nixon) he worked on the farm of William Noble.

Nixon enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron at Enniskillen on 5 October 1914 (No. UD/17). He gave his occupation as labourer, his address as Causefield, Brookeboro, and his age as 23 (three years under his true age).

The squadron, which had been formed as divisional cavalry for the 36th (Ulster) Division, embarked for France on 6 October 1915. A party of about thirty men of the squadron had embarked three days earlier, attached to 36th Division Headquarters – most if not all of them, including Nixon, serving as batmen to senior officers.

Soon after, however, Nixon fell ill, suffering from 'erysipelas', a skin infection. Initially treated at the No.1 General Hospital at St Omer, on 26 January 1916 he was evacuated to England. He was then posted to the Inniskillings reserve base at Enniskillen. Through 1917 he was treated at hospital there for bronchitis, myalgia and pleurisy.

On 28 July 1917 Nixon was transferred to the Labour Corps (No.336858) and posted to No.668 Home Service Employment Company. From 2 January to 27 June 1918 he was hospitalised at Enniskillen, suffering from tuberculosis. Following his recovery he was posted to No.664 Home Service Employment Company, attached to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry, at Newtownards.

A medical board at Holywood on 27 February 1919 reported that he was:

Invalided from France 26.1.16 to England suffering from Erysipelas. During the whole of 1917 was under treatment for Bronchitis, Myalgia & Pleurisy with Effusion. Tuberculosis osteitis of sternum & cervical adenitis from 2 1 18 to 27.6.18. Lungs are now recovered. Breath sounds are clear & expansion is good. Heart action normal. Complains only of shortness of breath on exertion. Has no cough. Is of fair physique but at present somewhat debilitated.

He was classed as medical category B3, with 40 per cent debility. On17 April 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.


This page last updated 11 September 2023.