Farrier Quartermaster Sergeant Hugh Copeland Nixon



Hugh Copeland Nixon was born on 2 June 1878 at Drumaghlis, Downpatrick, County Down, the fourth of five children of blacksmith James Nixon and his wife Mary (nee Copeland). On 1 July 1902 he married Lizzie Miller of Creevyargon at 2nd Saintfield Presbyterian Church, County Down. The couple had two children over the next three years. By 1911 the couple and one surviving child were living at 68 Bridge Street, Downpatrick.

Nixon was recorded variously as a merchant, horse dealer and horse trainer.

On 2 March 1909 he enlisted in the North Irish Horse (No.298 – later Corps of Hussars No.71016), understating his age by six years. Over the years he rose to the rank of Farrier Quartermaster Sergeant and Warrant Officer Class 2.

Nixon embarked for France with D Squadron on 1 May 1915. He was discharged under Paragraph 392 xvi(a) King's Regulations (surplus to military requirements having suffered impairment since entry into the service) on 24 February 1919.

Nixon's wife Lizzie died in 1917. He married widow Sarah Ann Shepherd (nee Soar) at Kilmore, County Down, on 18 July 1918. He died in 1945.


The image above shows Nixon in late November 1914. The full picture can be seen here.