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Charles Rudolph NICHOLSON

Regimental number972
Place of birthCowra, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressWest Wyalong, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Agnes Nicholson, West Wyalong, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 7 February 1919

Military Cross

'In the attack on the village of Framerville, east of Amiens, on the 9th August, 1918, he effected wonderful work in the clearing up of the village, and inspiring the men under him with the greatest confidence. The objective being reached, he exploited our success by leading a patrol through the village of Rainecourt, and cleared the place of the enemy, but, owing to the village being too far in advance of the line, he had later to withdraw. Later, after the advance of another unit, he again mopped up the village, killed eight and capturing one of the enemy and machine gun. His fearlessness and coolness inspired his men with the utmost confidence.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to hospital, Gallipoli, 10 November 1915; transferred to 15th General Hospital, Alexandria, 18 November 1915. Embarked from Mudros for England on board 'Mauretania', 8 December 1915; admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 14 December 1915 (paratyphoid); transferred to Addington Park Convalescent Home, Croydon, 23 December 1915. Embarked from Monte Video Camp, Weymouth, to rejoin unit in France, 7 June 1916.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 5 March 1917; Sergeant, 22 March 1917.

Wounded in action, 15 April 1917 (gun shot wound, left leg); admitted to 12th General Hospital Rouen, 17 April 1917; discharged to Base Details, 26 April 1917. Rejoined Bn, 13 May 1917. Admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 22 June 1917 (gonorrhoea); discharged to Base Details, 24 July 1917; total treatment for venereal disease: 36 days.

Wounded in action, 20 September 1917 (gun shot wound, left hand); admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Treport, 21 September 1917; discharged to Base, 5 October 1917; rejoined Bn, 14 October 1917.

Selected to attend Infantry Cadet Bn course commencing beginning of November, 5 November 1917. Reported to No. 4 Officer Cadet Bn, Oxford, 9 November 1917, and appointed Cadet. Qualified for commission, 2 May 1918. Marched in to 5th Training Bn, Fovant, 13 May 1918; promoted 2nd Lt, 1 June 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 June 1918; joined 17th Bn, 3 July 1918. Promoted Lt, 24 September 1918.

Wounded in action, 3 October 1918 (gassed, both eyes); admitted to 8th General Hospital, 6 October 1918; transferred to England, 7 October 1918, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, 8 October 1918. Transferred to 5th Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 23 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Lancashire', 7 February 1919; arrived Melbourne, 24 March 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged, 8 June 1919.

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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