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Name: Gordon Sydney Nickerson Rank: Private Service No: F/7084 Service: North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, R.C.I.C. Date of Birth: December 17, 1912 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, NS Date of Enlistment: October 3, 1939/ Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth, NS Address At Enlistment: Yarmouth, NS Age at Enlistment: 27 Height: 5 feet, 6 inches Weight: 140 lbs. Complexion: Dark Eyes: Brown Hair: Black Previous Military 4th Battery Field Artillery, RCA [1931-1939] Trade: Farmer Marital Status: Single Religion: Methodist Next of Kin: Mrs. Florence Emma Nickerson (Mother) Yarmouth, NS Date of Death: October 31, 1944 Age at Death: 31 Cemetery: Adegem Canadian War Cemetery (Maldegem, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium) Grave Reference: X. B. 5. The 86th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial Commemorated on page 405 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on August 30 Gordon was the son of Harry Nickerson and Florence Emma Nickerson of Yarmouth, NS. He had three brothers and three sisters. He left school at age fourteen to help at home after his father died. He enjoyed skating, hunting and fishing, and played goalie with local hockey teams. From 1928 to 1930 he worked with his grandfather gardening. In 1930 he worked for one year as a deck hand on a steam boat for Cann’s Steamship Company, Yarmouth. In 1931 he began to work on a farm as a hired-hand for Frank Moores of Yarmouth and continued in that employ until he enlisted in the military. While serving with the 6th Anti-Aircraft Battery, Halifax he was discharged July 16, 1940 after a hospitalization. He re-enlisted on June 13, 1941 at Yarmouth and served in Canada until July 19, 1941. He served in the United Kingdom until September 28, 1944. He disembarked in France on September 29, 1944 He was wounded in battle at 4:00 pm on October 31, 1944 in Belgium and immediately transferred to hospital where he underwent surgery. He died of injuries sustained in battle. Sources: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Veterans Affairs Canada
Gordon Sydney Nickerson