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RIXON, George


Name: Cookham School Lane, Cookham
NIWM Ref: 7925
RBWM Ref: WM151

Person Details

Place of birth: Cookham
Gender: Male
Date of death: 01/11/1914
Place of death: Coronel, Chile
Manner of death: Killed in action
Age at death: 33
CWGC Ref: 3049940
TWGPP Ref: 3291417
Address: Rose Cottage Graham Road Cookham Rise
Address: Ray Street Maidenhead

Military details

Military Organisation: Royal Navy
Military Unit/Group: H.M.S. Good Hope
Rank: Petty Officer
Service Number: 187637


Father George RIXON
Mother Rhoda RIXON
Sister Ada RIXON
Wife Ada RIXON

Additional information

George was born in Cox Green on 11th July 1880, into an argricultural way of life. His father - also a George - was on the 1881 census as an Engine driver (threshing) so we can assume he worked on the land and helped with the threshing machines used during harvest time. The 1901 census shows us that George was already in the Navy as an Able seaman, aged 21. His mother was Rhoda and his sister was Ada. He married wife Ada and had two children who were living at Rose Cottage in Cookham Rise. By the time Ada was widowed, the children were just 7 and 4 years old.
George signed up for the navy in 1898, having been a milk boy. In 1911 he was a messenger for a torpedo factory on the River Clyde and he met Ada and married there in 1911. He was an early casualty of the War. His ship the HMS Good Hope, sailed to South America to search for German ships attacking the commercial routes. She sailed to the Straits of Magellan and found the German Squadron off the coast of Chile. On 1st November 1914 the Good Hope was sunk during the Battle of Coronel. Two separate reports, unsourced state: "HMS Good Hope went down with all hands in the naval Battle of Coronel off the coast of Chile in the Pacific Ocean" "HMS Good Hope, Drake class armoured cruiser was sunk by enemy gunfire from the German armoured cruisers SMS Scharnhorst and SMS Gneisenau. The sun was setting behind the British Squadron silhouetting them againt the sky. The Scharnhorst scored 35 direct hits on the Good Hope as she closed the range to 5,500m to bring her 6in guns into action. A magazine explosion ripped the bow off the Good Hope sinking the ship". There is a memorial to the men who died in the Battle of Coronel in Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands, and at Chatham.

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