NIXON, Charles Stafford
(Service number 1089)

Aliases Known as Stafford
First Rank Driver Last Rank Trooper


Date 23 March 1891 Place of Birth Lyttelton

Enlistment Information

Date 17 August 1914 Age 23 years
Address at Enlistment 72 Hotham Street, East Mebourne, Victoria
Occupation Stock agent
Previous Military Experience Cadets NZ - 4 years
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mother (Mrs NIXON), Bank N.S.W., Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Force Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 5th Battery
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Date 20 October 1914
Transport Shropshire
Embarked From Melbourne, Victoria Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

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Date Reason

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Date 22 August 1935 Age 44 years
Place of Death Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Charles Stafford Nixon, known as Stafford, was born on 23 March 1891 at Lyttelton, the elder son of Charles Stafford and Annie Louisa (née Grimes) Nixon. Charles and Annie married in 1889 at Wanganui. Charles, senior, was a collector of customs, his occupation taking him to several parts of the country. Young Charles received his primary education at Union Street, George Street and Arthur Street schools in Dunedin, then came with his family to Timaru in 1901. The family stayed at Timaru for six years. Stafford went on to Nelson College, as did his brother, while his three sisters continued their education at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Timaru. His father died at Wellington in August 1912, by which time Stafford was in Australia. His mother, three sisters and younger brother all moved to Australia in due course.

Charles Stafford Nixon enlisted with the Australian Forces on the outbreak of war, doing soon 17 August 1914 at Albert Park, Victoria. He had served four years with the Cadets in New Zealand. A stock agent, 23 years old and single, he named his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs Nixon, Bank of N.S.W., Collins Street, Melbourne. Driver C. S. Nixon embarked for Gallipoli at Alexandria on 15 November 1915 per “Thermistocles”. It was 8 October 1918 when Trooper Nixon embarked for the return to Australia. He was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Charles married Lorna Stevenson Hunter in 1923 in New South Wales. He died at Sydney on 22 August 1935, aged 44 years. His brother Benjamin 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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