Nickson, Orson Allen

Lieutenant Colonel Orson Allen Nickson, DSO, CD, CM, Company Commander of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada “C” Company on D-Day and throughout the war, passed away in Victoria, British Columbia on 10 January 1999.

He was the second son of R. Ralph Nickson, a contractor in Vancouver, BC and grandson of of Mrs J.J. Nickson of Sechelt.

Colonel Nickson’s rifle company played an important role on D-Day and in battles leading to the capture of Carpiquet, the securing of Giberbville and the clearing of Boulogne where he was wounded. After recovery from his wounds, he resumed command of C Company until war’s end.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his leadership and courage throughout the war.

He was survived by his wife Virginia and his children Bruce, Thomas and Elizabeth.

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