Nixon Smith, John R (Private, 31st Bn b.1894 - d.1918)

Place Europe: France
Accession Number 2DRL/0271
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 ITEM
Object type Letters, Newspaper cutting
Date made 1918
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/4368
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the First World War Service of 4815a Private John Richard Nixon-Smith, 31 Battalion, France, 1918.

Wallet 1 of 1 - Wallet contains letters from Nixon-Smith to his father, and mother, while serving on the front in France. He describes life on the line and the battles in which his battalion took part, including having 'hopped the top' on 8 August 1918. In September 1918, Nixon-Smith was selected as an observer and attached to Battalion Headquarters, his duties being to locate enemy machine guns and trench mortars.

Also includes a news cutting about an Australian Corps boxing tournament, which mentions Private J R Smith as the Welter-weight champion. The prizes were 'heavy silver cups', distributed by General Birdwood.

Also includes a colour patch for 31 Infantry Battalion AIF, divided brown against yellow.

Private Nixon-Smith died of illness at Rouen on 24 October 1918.