Captain J F N Pixley

Captain Pixley was with the Viscount Gort's 4th Battalion. He was killed at Passchendaele on 12 Oct 1917.' He was part of an attack to bring the line within 150 yards of Houthulst Forest. The operation was a success having sustained few casualties. Volume 2 of Ponsonby's regimental history says this on page 264: 'While coming up to inspect his two front platoons, Captain Pixley was killed by snipers who had been left behind when the enemy retired to harass the advance.' Any movement immediately drew the fire of these snipers, and after some of them had been located and killed it was easier to move about.''

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