COSTIN-NIAN, Lt Col Charles Barry

1887 - 1964

Lt Col Charles Costin-Nian

Born in Ottowa, Ontario, Canada on 7 December 1887, son of Charles Costin and his wife Clara Mary née Wright. He attended Sandhurst Military College at Crowthorne in 1901 and in 1911 was an officer in the Royal Canadian Regiment, boarding at Arnold House, 2 Southampton Street, Farnborough. He served as a Captain in the Canadian Army during the First World War. Lieut-Col C.B. Costin-Nian, M.C., Royal Tank Corps, was married at St Mary's Cathedral, Cairo, Egypt, on the 12 April 1933 to Miss Frances Tate (1903-1977), of Kentucky, when he added the name of Nian to his surname, a Lieut Col in command of the 6th Battalion the Royal Tank Corps, a Companion of the Order of Bath, and with a Military Cross. He retired from the Army in 1937 but was recalled on the reserve list in 1939. A painter in oil and water colour and a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1938-1939 exhibiting from Monks Hall, Glemsford, Suffolk in 1938 an oil 'Trees and River' and three watercolours 'Upper Stour River', 'Suffolk Coast Lines' and 'Lower Stour River'. In 1941 a military writer for the 'Daily Express'. He died at Splash Point, Seaford Head, Sussex on 25 April 1964, aged 76.