Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.
Born: 1st April 1918, Guelph, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada.
Died: 3rd September 1941; age 23, 5 months & 2 days; aircraft accident, Rectory Lane, Kirton, Suffolk.
Enlistment Details: Location: Toronto, Ontario; Date: 20th July 1940; age: 22; Occupation: Farmer; Religion: United Church. Signed up for the Duration of the War. Next of Kin: parents – The Honourable Harry C. Nixon of Room 1461, of the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario and Mrs Alice A. Nixon of R.R.# 1. St. George, Ontario. Height: 5ft 11 3/4ins, fair complexion, blue eyes & dark brown hair. Smoked a pipe occasionally. Hobbies & Pastimes: tennis, badminton and small arms target shooting. Building model aero planes.
Jackson had practical knowledge of engines, mechanics and electrics.
The Honourable William Limburg Houck – Hydro Commissioner – Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario.
Mr. Chester S. Walters – Deputy Provincial Treasurer & Controller of Finances for Ontario, Parliament Buildings, Toronto.
Dr. George Irving Christie – President of Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph, Ontario.
Remarks on enlistment: Quick and alert. Quite capable. Above average in theory and practical. Smart appearance, well mannered. Fine background – should make a good officer.
Embarked Canada – overseas 17th June 1941.
Rank: Pilot Officer/Air Observer; Service Number: J/4756.
Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force, 102 (R.A.F) Squadron.
Medals Awarded: Air Observers Badge – 16th February 1941 + Operational Wings.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of The Honourable Harry Corwin (13th Premier of Ontario, 18th May 1943 to 17th August 1943) and Alice Nixon, of St. George, Ontario, Canada.
1921 Lot 1 Con 3, Brant, South Dumfries, Ontario, Canada.
Jackson was 3 years old and living with his parents & sisters.
The Honourable Harry Corwin Nixon, 30, a Provincial Secretary, born St. George, Ontario.
Alice Annie Nixon (nee Jackson), 30, born Petrolia, Ontario.
Margaret Annie Nixon, 5, Ontario.
Kathryne Alice Nixon, 1, born Ontario.
Jackson’s mother was a Baptist, his father and sisters were Methodist.
St. George’s Public School – 1924 – 1930.
St. George’s Continuation – 1930 – 1935.
Ontario Agricultural College – 1935 – 1940 – Degree of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.
At the O.A.C. Jackson was the manager of their Swimming Club ‘Varsity’ in 1937. A member of their Rifle Club and a member of the O.A.C. Rifle Team 1936, 1937 & 1938, and the Rugby-inter-class.
Raised and worked on a farm in St. George, Ontario – birth 1935 when he left to attend college.
Deschambault Quebec Ecole Provincial – summer of 1936.
Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario – Linesman & Instrument man – summer of 1937.
Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario – wiper in Quebec General Station – summer of 1938 & 1939.
Operated own farm from graduation at College until time of enlistment.
Jackson’s mother received the Royal Message to be sent overseas on the 25th October 1941. The Memorial Cross (which was engraved on the 6th October 1941), was received on the 14th October 1941. The Memorial Bar was received in May 1942.
3rd September 1941
Aircraft: Armstrong Whitworth Whitley; Serial Number: Z6946, took off at 20:56 from R.A.F. Topcliffe, North Yorkshire on the 3rd September 1941 bound for Frankfurt, Germany. On the return journey from the bombing operation, the aircraft caught electric cables and crashed at 03:45 in to two houses in Rectory Lane, Kirton, Suffolk, bringing down the overhead cables and fracturing a water main. The aircraft hit ‘June Cottage’ (slightly injuring a 4 year old girl), and ‘The Haven’ and landed in the garden, bursting into flames on impact and trapping the men inside.
Seward Terry Modeland; Flight Sergeant/Pilot; age 19; R.C.A.F.
Donald Machell Bozer; Sergeant/2nd Pilot; age 25; R.C.A.F.
Alexander Frederick Jaggers; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: age 21; R.A.F.V.R.
Lawrence Milbert Bowen; Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 26; R.C.A.F.
The Canadian crew members, Donald Bozer, Lawrence Bowen, Jackson Nixon and Seward Modeland were laid to rest at the Field of Honour, Ipswich Old Cemetery. Alexander Jaggers was laid to rest at the Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey.
In thankful remembrance five pews to each of the five crewman were installed at St. Mary & St. Martin Church, Kirton, Suffolk. The pews were made from English oak and designed by Mr. Allan Woolnough. A Dedication Service was held on the 4th June 1950, at 3pm. Officiating Ministers, Archdeacon of Ipswich The Venerable T.R.Browne, The Reverend W.J.S. Weir, Rector of Kirton & Falkenham and Pastor F.J. Burton, Congregational Minister. Jackson’s brother, Robert was able to attend the service.