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William Harold NICHOLLS

Regimental number707
Place of birthTenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales
SchoolBoard School, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Age on arrival in Australia23
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShop assistant
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinRichard Nicholls, William 4th Hotel, Newcastle on Tyne, England
Enlistment date21 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularServed as a Sergeant in the Church Lads' Brigade, Tenby, and as a Captain in the Brigade in Llanbradach, Wales. He was a member of the Grand Lodge of Freemasons, Ipswich, Qld, and one of the chief singers in the Cambrian Church, Ipswich. He participated in the landing at Gallipoli and in every subsequent attack there. Was twice wounded, and for his gallantry was commissioned. Was wounded at Pozieres, France. While on leave in 1917 he married Miss Lily May Fuell (18 September 1916) from the Llanbradach Parish. On his death, the parish magazine published an article about him, noting that "It appears he had just returned from an inspection of some part of the trench that his Battalion held, and had then retired to his dugout to sleep. A shell burst near the entrance to the dugout and when a fellow officer returned he found Captain Nicholls had been killed by the concussion."
FateKilled in Action 26 January 1917
Place of death or woundingGuedecourt, near Bapaume, France
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialGuards' Cemetery (Plot IV, Row B, Grave No. 9), Lesbouefs, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Catherine NICHOLLS; husband of Lilian May NICHOLLS, 3 Central Terrace, Llanbradach, Cardiff, Wales. Native of Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales

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