James Gordon Nightingale

James Gordon Nightingale

Lieut. James Gordon (Jim) Nightingale, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon E. Nightingale, 14 Palmerston Avenue, was killed in action in Belgium on October 20, 1944, three days after he had returned to duty recovered from wounds suffered on September 9. Enlisting with the 1st Battalion, Dufferin and Haldimand Rifles here in 1942, he had trained at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Stratford, Ont., Nanaimo, B.C., and also spent some time in Newfoundland before going overseas in 1943. Shortly before the invasion of France, he was transferred to the Lincoln and Welland Regiment. His burial place at Camp de Brasscheat, north of Antwerp, has been visited by his brother, Cpl. Jack Nightingale, who was with the Provost Corps. Born in Brantford on November 2, 1910, Lieut. Nightingale was a popular and well known resident of the community. He was educated at Dufferin School and the Collegiate Institute and Vocational School. During his High School days he was interested in the Cadet Corps and also demonstrated his ability as an athlete, capturing the Junior field-day championship. Afterwards, he continued his sporting activities, being one of the most proficient members of the Brantford Golf and Country Club. He was also a member of the Y.M.C.A. Before enlisting, Lieut. Nightingale was on the staff of the Robbins and Myers Company of Canada, Ltd.

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