Date of birth: 4th June 1919
Parents: Sydney Rogers and Elsie Jane Nixon nee Francis
Address: 28 Buxton Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield
Peter Francis Nixon was born in 1919 in Warwick. He was the only son of Sydney Rogers (1888-1972) and Elsie Jane Nixon (nee Francis – 1886-1939) who were married in 1916 in Warwick. Elsie was a Warwick girl, having been baptised in All Saints Church. Peter’s father, Sydney was a Londoner but was in the Army Pay Corps during WW1 so was probably stationed in Warwick when he met Elsie. When Sydney received his discharge from the Army, the couple were living at 5 Woodcote Road, Warwick.
Elsie died in 1939 and is buried in Warwick Cemetery, although she was living in Sutton Coldfield at the time of her death. Elsie was one of five siblings – the others were May, Francis Frederick (aka Fred), Myra Florence and Ivy.
Shortly afterwards, at the time of the 1939 Register, Peter’s father, Sydney, was living in Lichfield, working as a “Water Works Chief Clerk.” Peter left his estate of £494 7s 7d to Sydney, so this shows he was probably single. Sydney died in 1972 in Llandaff, Wales.
Derek Bull writes “Peter’s mother was a Francis and one of her sisters was my great grandmother Myra who died in 1892. Henceforth my grand mother and sister were raised by the Francis family and tagged along almost as younger sisters. I remember my great great Aunt Ivy Gertrude Herring. She lived at 17b Coventry Road (Hatfield Cottage, it was the last detached house on the left hand side leaving Warwick before the railway bridge. Peter was her favourite nephew and she spoke very highly of him.
Ivy’s husband Tom, worked for Mains Garage in Leamington and always had a car for all of his life. My father remembers him instructing children to sit on their hands when travelling in his car. He did not want any smudges on the windows! The Herring family were Printers in Linen Street Warwick….. here is a picture of Uncle Tom Herring”
If there are any family members for Peter Nixon or Percy Bull (WW1) who would like to get in touch with Derek Bull – email – email@example.com
Rank & Number: Sergeant (Flight Engineer), 957106
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Brigade/Division: 115 Squadron
Date of death: 12th June 1943
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action - enroute to Dusseldorf from RAF East Wretham. All of the crew were killed
Commemorated/Buried: Buried in Uden War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. 5. H. 10.
Commemorated locally at:
Peter was flying in a Lancaster Mark II DS647 KO-N when shot down – here he is in uniform and with an Air Force friend:
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group
- Portrait and photographs by kind permission of Derek Bull – whose paternal grandmother was Peter’s cousin