Ex Hyde Grey Collection, 1887 and Jubilee Collection, May 1992.
The published Naval General Service Medal rolls confirm Adam Nixon as a Midshipman aboard the Berwick for the reduction of the Fortress of Gaieta, Italy on 24.7.1815, one of 88 recipients of this clasp on the Admiralty roll.
Midshipman Adam Nixon, who was born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, first entered the Royal Navy as a Volunteer First Class at Chatham in October 1810, aged 14 years. Appointed to the Berwick in November 1811, and advanced to Midshipman in May of the following year, he ran into trouble 'for disrespect and impertinence to his Captain' in May 1813 and was reduced to Able Seaman. Restored to his former rank six weeks later, he went on to participate in the reduction of the Fortress of Gaieta in July 1815 and was paid off in April 1816. His next appointment was to the Malta, as a First Class Volunteer, in August of the latter year, but he was again paid off in February 1817 and no further evidence of Naval service has been located.