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Thomas Archibald NICHOLSON

Regimental number7034
Place of birthManning River New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPlumber's assistant
Address50 Bishopsgate Street, Wickham, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinWife, Mrs. C.I. Nicholson, 50 Bishopsgate Street, Wickham, New South Wales
Enlistment date30 September 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 11 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 December 1918

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations near WESTHOEK east of YPRES on 3/6th Oct., 1917. Pte. NICHOLSON, the only surviving runner in the Company, carried out his extremely arduous duties in an excellent manner. Communication with Battalion Headquarters was extremely difficult and on many occasions he had to pass through persistent artillery barrages heavy machine gun fire and sniping, both as guide and runner. He performed his duties in a particularly willing and cheeful manner, setting an excellent example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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