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Claude Alpine NICHOLS

Regimental number33
Place of birthWest London, England
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 8"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, George Aplin Nichols, 233 Lavender Hill, London West, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 March 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 13 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 5 September 1919
Discharge date10 December 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 25 August 1915.

Transferred to 6th Light Horse Regiment, 29 August 1915, and posted to D Squadron.

Disembarked Alexandria, 25 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 12th Light Horse Regiment, 22 February 1916, and marched out to Oasis Camp, Heliopolis.

Detached to Signal School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 24 June 1916; rejoined unit from detachment, 23 July 1916.

Appointed Signaller Corporal, Ferry Post, 10 January 1917.

Wounded in action, Aseiferiyeh, 19 April 1917 (gun shot wound, left leg), and admitted to 6th Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance; transferred to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, El Arish, 21 April 1917; to 24th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 23 April 1917; to British Red Cross Hospital, Montazah, 2 June 1917; discharged, 29 June 1917, and taken on strength, 4th Light Horse Training Regiment.

Detached to Imperial School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 29 July 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 15 September 1917, having qualified as signaller.

Taken on strength, 12th Light Horse Regiment, 22 September 1917.

Appointed Signalling Sergeant, 12 November 1917.

Detached to Rest Camp, Port Said, 10 March 1918; rejoined unit, Belah, 22 March 1918.

Detached to Imperial School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 23 March 1918, and attended 21st Advanced Tel[egraph] Course; rejoined unit from detachment, 28 April 1918.

Joined Cadet School, Zeitoun, 1 August 1918, and appointed Cadet.

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 1 January 1919.

Rejoined 12th Light Horse Regiment, 27 March 1919.

Embarked Port Said for UK leave, 2 June 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Plassy', 5 September 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), Sydney, 10 December 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSecond given name (father and son) entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as Alpine.
SourcesNAA: B2455, NICHOLS Claude Alpine

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