Sergeant Oswald Rixon
King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Oswald , son of William and Ada Rixon was born in 1895 in Rotherham. His father was a brick maker and by 1911 the family had moved to Thorne. William was still a brick maker but now worked at Thorne Colliery.
Oswald joined the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and was sent to France early in 1916. His death on 27th March 1918 was reported in the Doncaster Gazette. Before the war it was reported that he was widely known in athletic circles playing both football and cricket, a local scoutmaster and in Command of a Boys Brigade troop. He attended the Thorne Congregational church and was connected to the Adult School in Thorne ( the old hut, now demolished, next to the Travis School on Church Street).
Oswald died from wounds at a military hospital in Doullens having been injured a few days before in the Somme area of France. He is buried in the Communal Cemetery in Doullens France, Extension No. 1 and is also commemorated on his parents grave in the Thorne Graveyard Extension.