George Matson NICHOLAS

Place of birthColeraine, Victoria
SchoolSt Patrick's (Catholic) College, Ballarat, Victoria
Other trainingAt the time of enlistment he was training for law.
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHigh school teacher
AddressTrafalgar, Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, J P Nicholas, Trafalgar, Gippsland, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 April 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name24th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Service Order

'(Pozieres) Great dash & initiative in capturing machine-gun single-handed.'
Second citation reads: '(Pozieres) For ability and skill in handling his Coy, for excellent consolidation work, and gallant reconnaissances.'
Recommendation date: 6 August 1916

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularName given on RoH circular as George Matson NICHOLAS. Awarded the DSO and Mentioned in Despatches.
FateKilled in Action 14 November 1916
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialA.I.F. Burial Ground, Grass Lane (Plot IV, Row H, Grave No. 27), Flers, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Mr J.P. and Mrs M.E. NICHOLAS, Sunshine, Victoria. Native of Coleraine

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and initiative. having whilst on reconnaissance discovered a machine gun, Captain Nicholas went out again alone, and with great dash and initiative captured the gun.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: [370] Lt Bryon Fitzgerald NICHOLAS MM, 24th Bn, killed in action, Passchendaele, Belgium, 9 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsListed on Embarkation Roll as G M NICHOLAS.