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Frank Dixon NICHOLAS

Regimental number7191
Date of birth27 June 1890
Place of birthHobart Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
AddressDevonport, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Nicholas, Torquay Road, Latrobe, Tasmania
Previous military serviceServed in the Tasmanian Rangers for 2 years. Previously rejected for enlistment in the AIF on account of varicose veins.
Enlistment date19 June 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 10 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 12th Battalion
Promotion date: 1 August 1918


Unit: 12th Battalion
Promotion date: 1 December 1918

FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Discharge date19 September 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: [264] Captain Percival Dixon NICHOLAS, 12th Bn, killed in action, 25 July 1916; Cousin: 464 Lance Corporal Henrie Clarence NICHOLAS, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, killed in action, 4 August 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Adelaide, 10 February 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 2 May 1917.

Completed a course of instruction at the Command School, Kandahar Barracks, Tidworth, 1 September 1917, and qualified as good (72%).

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 October 1917; taken on strength, 12th Bn, 20 October 1917. Appointed Lance Corporal, 6 November 1917. Selected to attend Infantry Cadet Bn, 14 November 1917. Joined No. 6 Officers Bn, Oxford, 4 January 1918. Appointed 2nd Lt and posted to General Infantry Reinforcements, 1 August 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 19 August 1918; taken on strength, 12th Bn, 26 August 1918.

Wounded in action, 18 September 1918 (gun shot wound, both thighs); admitted to 8th General Hospital, Rouen, 20 September 1918; transferred to England, 21 September 1918, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, 22 September 1918. Discharged to Overseas Training Brigade, 1 November 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 November 1918; resumed regimental duty, 20 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ormonde', 16 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 1 August 1919, awaiting transport to Hobart; discharged, 19 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death14 August 1957
Age at death67

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