Service no. 3483
Sapper, Royal Engineers, 2nd/1st Lowland Field Coy.
Born in Maiden Newton; enlisted in Victoria Park, east London; lived in Weymouth, Dorset
Killed in action on 16 September 1916, aged 32
CWGC: “Son of Robert and Annie Rixton, of 14, Victoria Rd., Dorchester.”
Remembered at Thiepval Memorial, France
Information from the censuses
In 1911 George Rixton, then aged 26, was boarding with the Reed family at 1a Elwell Road, Clapham and working as a brewer’s cooper. Rixton was born in Weymouth (Maiden Newton, according to the 1901 census), Dorset, where his family still lived. The 1901 census shows that his father, Robert Rixton, then aged 43, worked as a brewer’s cellarman. He was born in Muckleford, Dorset. George’s mother, Annie, 47, was born in Maiden Newton, Dorset. Two daughters were also registered: Elizabeth F. Rixton, 17, a dressmaker, born in Maiden Newton; Fanny Rixton, 15, a dressmaker’s apprentice, also born in Maiden Newton.