A soldier killed in the Korean War will have his name added to the Loughborough Carillon War Memorial, 65 years after his death.
Private David Nix, who was born in Loughborough but later made a life for himself in Australia, died aged 22 on November 7, 1952.
Charnwood Borough Council and the Carillon Trust have arranged for a memorial plaque bearing Prviate Nix’s name to be added to the tower.
A public ceremony to dedicate the plaque will be held at the Carillon tower in Queen’s Park, Loughborough on Saturday, December 9 at 2pm.
The omission of his name was discovered when Private Nix’s niece, Diane Ayres contacted the Carillon Trust to tell them about him.
Diane said: “We’re so pleased and proud to know that my Uncle David’s name will be commemorated, 65 years after he gave his life in service.
“As David is buried approximately 5,500 miles away in South Korea, it is comforting to know his memorial plaque is commemorated here in Loughborough, where he was born and raised.
“I’d like to thank the Trust for their hard work and research, which has ensured that he will be honoured along with all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
The ceremony will be conducted by the Rev Wendy Dalrymple, from Loughborough Parish Church, and attended by members of Private Nix’s family, MP Nicky Morgan, the Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Pauline Ranson, a representative from the Australian High Commission, members of the Royal British Legion and a uniformed member of the 203 squadron.
The plaque has been produced by John Taylor’s Bell Foundry, the only major bell foundry in the UK. It will replicate the existing plaques on the Carillon War Memorial.
Councillor Jenny Bokor, Lead Member for Loughborough said: “We are pleased that we can commemorate Private Nix after so many years and give his name the recognition it deserves.
“We’ve worked with the Carillon Trust and Private Nix’s family to ensure that there will now be a timeless reminder of the sacrifice that he made.”
Mel Gould, of the Carillon Trust, said: “When Diane told us that Private Nix’s name was missing from the memorial, we decided to do some research into his life.
“We found that Private Nix was born in Loughborough before relocating to Australia where he served and died in the Korean War.
“We’re incredibly pleased that David’s name will now take its rightful place on the Carillon Memorial, to be commemorated for years to come.”
Private Nix was born on November 9, 1929 in Loughborough. He lived in Thomas Street with his parents, four brothers and six sisters.
David served with the Royal Marines before making a new life in Australia. In July 1952 he joined the Australian Army under the name ‘David Jackson’.
With the 1st Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment he was posted to Korea and killed while on patrol in Majon-Ni, Kangwon-do in North Korea, on November 7, 1952, aged 22.
David is buried as ‘D. Jackson’ in Tanggok Cemetery, Busan, South Korea and is commemorated on the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.