15728 Corporal Albert Nixon, MM.
11th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Awarded the M.M. in the London Gazette of 28th January 1918. Nixon was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.
The Burnley Express of 10th November 1917 reported: -
ONE OF THE "PAL'S". Burnley Sergeant wins Military Medal.
Sergeant Albert Nixon, of the East Lancashire Regiment, writing
to his wife, who resides at 6, Ashley Street, Burnley, makes the pleasing announcement
that he has been awarded the Military Medal, but in his modesty refains from
further commenting upon the distinction conferred upon him.
Sergeant Nixon enlisted into the Burnley Pals' Battalion on September 21st 1914, and went into training at Carnarvon; after a period there he was transferred to Ripon, then to Salisbury Plain, and went out to Egypt with a draft in December 1915. From Egypt the whole of the battalion was transferred to France, where on July 1st so many of the local lads made the supreme sacrifice. It was whilst fighting on the Somme that he was promoted to the rank of lance-corporal, and later for devotion to duty, was made sergeant. He was home on furlough in May of this year, and shortly after his return he was wounded in the hand. Before enlisting he was employed as a weaver at Messrs. Brierley's Calder Vale Mill, and was identified with St. Margaret's Church and School, where he is on the Roll of Honour. Two other brothers are also serving - one Private Holgate Nixon, is with the Royal Engineers in France, and Ernest Nixon, the youngest, is in the Navy. Four brothers-in-law have seen service, one having been killed.
The Burnley Express of 17th April 1918 reported: -
M.M. WOUNDED A SECOND TIME.
This report shows that Sergeant Nixon was in hospital suffering from gunshot wounds in the right and left sides. It also adds that he was the son of Nathaniel Nixon, engine tenter at Greenwood's Corn Mill, it also shows that his brother in law Private Arthur Tyson was killed in action on the Somme on the 1st July 1916. The remainder of the report repeats most of the article of 10th November 1917.