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Sydney NICHOLS

Regimental number6641
Place of birthLatrobe Tasmania
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressSmith Street, West Devonport, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMrs R Nicholls, Smith Street, West Devonport, Tasmania
Enlistment date28 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 2 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During operations east of PROYART from 25th/26th August, 1918, Private NICHOLS was in charge ogf a Lewis GUn. Three enemy Machine GUns in front of his position were holding up the advance. Seeing this he rushed forward and posted the gun on the left flank, and poured burst after burst at the first gun, killing and wounding the crew, the other two crews seeing the first gun crew's fate, immediately concentrated onto Private NICHOL'S gun, who singled out the weaker gun crew and successfully dealt with them. By this time he had cleared the way for the left half of the Company to go forward and seeing this he with three men rushed the third
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

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