Lieutenant Colonel Jevon Albert “Jeff” Nicklin

Lieutenant Colonel Jevon Albert “Jeff” Nicklin

Birth
Fort William, Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada
Death 24 Mar 1945 (aged 30)
Hamminkeln, Kreis Wesel, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Burial Groesbeek, Berg en Dal Municipality, Gelderland, Netherlands
Plot XXII. C. 1.
Memorial ID 12904646 · View Source
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Lt Colonel Jeff Nicklin was the Commander of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion from September 8, 1944 to March 24, 1945 when he was killed during Operation Varsity, which was the Crossing of the Rhine River. Lt Col Nicklin was found hanging in a tree in his parachute harness with clean shoes, and multiple and fatal gunshot wounds, indicating the enemy killed him before he got to the ground.

Prior to the war he was a defensive end for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and considered an outstanding player. In 1946 the the First Canadian Paratroops Battalion created and donated a trophy to honor the Canadian Football League (CFL) Most Ourstanding Player. Since 1973 this award is given to the Most Outstanding Player of the Western Division.

Awarded the OBE; he was 30, the son of Percy Harold and Eva Louise Nicklin; husband of Mary Eileen Nicklin of Port Credit, Ontario


Inscription

1st Canadian Parachute Battalion R.C.I.C.

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  • Maintained by: Operation:PictureMe
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 12904646
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieutenant Colonel Jevon Albert “Jeff” Nicklin (10 Dec 1914–24 Mar 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 12904646, citing Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial, Groesbeek, Berg en Dal Municipality, Gelderland, Netherlands ; Maintained by Operation:PictureMe (contributor 47833248) .