A French town that has paid tribute to a Derbyshire airman – for 100 years

The residents of a small French town have paid tribute to a fallen Derbyshire airman for the past hundred years – and even staged an exhibition about him. The Frenchman who spearheaded that special tribute, Loic Coet, reveals all to Reflections readers.

A SMALL town in northern France pays homage on Armistice Day every year to the memory of a brave Derbyshire man who died in World War One and is buried in their local cemetery. He was Captain William Eric Nixon, a Royal Flying Corps (RFC) pilot from Winster, who was shot down, died from his wounds and buried by the Germans with full military honours in Masny cemetery in 1917…

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