Nigel Vernon Oxenden M.C

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Major Nigel Vernon "Oxo" Oxenden, M.C
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10 Oct 1895 - 01 Nov 1948
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Coleshill House, GHQ Coleshill Staff Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Norfolk Intelligence Officer 24 Jul 1940 1941

Wellington College Public School, Crowthorne, Berkshire

The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
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6 Nov 1939

28 Aug 1915 Temporary Second Lieutenant. 

21 Dec 1915 Temporary Lieutenant. Transferred to Machine Gun Corps

13 Feb 1917 Awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry in action. He displayed great courage and initiative in the placing of his machine guns during an attack on the enemy's trenches. Later, he rescued a wounded man under very heavy fire.

02 Dec 1918 Awarded the MC for conspicuous gallantry and ability while commanding a section of machine guns in an attack. He led his men forward with great dash and took up an advanced position, from which he was able to cover the line reached by the infantry with enfilade fire. When the enemy attempted to counterattack he materially assisted in breaking up the attack.

5 March 1918 Acting Captain.

03 Nov 1920 relinquished Commission

06 Nov 1939 Commissioned [emergency commission.] War Substantive Lieutenant

02 Dec 1939 Acting Captain seconded (Commands and Staff, Miscellaneous Special Appointments)


1940 Intelligence Officer Norfolk 

04 Feb 1943 War Substantive Captain. Temporary Major. Likely appointment as General Service Officer grade 2 at Coleshill House.

April 1946 Relinquished Commission with Hon. Rank of Major.

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Nigel Vernon Gallwey and his mother, changed their name 11 Sep 1916 by deed poll to Oxenden. He married (16 Sep 1926, St Helier's, Jersey) Patricia Alexander, only daughter of Lt.Col. H.S. Alexander, DSO, Indian Army, and Mrs Alexander, of Jersey.

After stand down he was asked to write: Auxiliary Units history and achievement, 1940-1944 : the official story of Britain’s secret wartime resistance army. This was discovered and published by the British Resistance Organisation Museum; from an original document written by N.V. Oxenden, October 1944 ; [researched and compiled by Andy Taylor]. (1998)

He was the son of Col. Patrick Fitzgerald Gallwey (1838-1903), and Flora Caroline Oxenden (1864-1948). of Miramar, St Brelade's, Jersey.

He was a founder of the Jersey Surfing Club.

He died 1948 aged 53 at Millbrook Nursing Home, St Hellier, Jersey. A Memorial was placed in the family garden.

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Nigel Oxenden / Gallwey 1913
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Nigel Oxenden 1916
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Nigel Oxenden surfing
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Oxenden centre with Cornwall Scout Section