NIXON, Benjamin Disraeli
(Service number 7089)

First Rank Private Last Rank Gunner


Date 28 May 1896 Place of Birth Dunedin

Enlistment Information

Date 18 August 1917 Age 21 years
Address at Enlistment 28 Macleay Street, Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Annie NIXON (mother), 28 Macleay Street, Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Force Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Date 31 October 1917
Embarked From Sydney Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 13 July 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 8 December 1962 Age 66 years
Place of Death Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Benjamin Disraeli Nixon was born on 28 May 1896 at Dunedin, the younger son of Charles Stafford and Annie Louisa (née Grimes) Nixon. Charles and Annie married in 1889 at Wanganui. Charles was a collector of customs, his occupation taking him to several parts of the country. Benjamin was educated at Arthur Street School in Dunedin, then came with his family to Timaru in 1901, where he was enrolled at Timaru Main School, with a one-term stint at Timaru South. The family stayed at Timaru for six years. Benjamin followed his older brother to Nelson College, while his three sisters continued their education at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Timaru. His father died at Wellington in August 1912, when Benjamin was at Nelson College, his brother Stafford then in Australia. His mother and three sisters all moved to Australia in due course, Benjamin following.

Benjamin Disraeli Nixon enlisted with the Australian Forces on 18 August 1917 at Liverpool, New South Wales. A clerk, 21 years old, single and of Church of England affiliation, he named his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs Annie Nixon, 28 Macleay Street, Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales. Benjamin was also residing at this address. Embarking at Sydney on 31 October 1917, Private Nixon disembarked at Devonport on 26 December. It was 31 May 1919 when Gunner Nixon embarked for the return to Australia per the “Aeneas”. He was discharged on 13 July 1919 and was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Benjamin married Ethel Mary Johnson in 1919 at Sydney, New South Wales. He died at Sydney on 8 December 1962, aged 66 years. His brother Charles Stafford Nixon also served in World War One with the Australian Forces.


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [August 2023]; School Admission records [03 September 2023]; Wanganui Herald, 23 August 1912 (Papers Past) [August 2023]

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