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Robert James NICKELSON

Regimental number2752
AddressTooborac, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, C O Nickelson, Tooborac, Victoria
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Listed on Tooborac Roll of Honour, Victoria.

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On 26/9/17 Corporal ROBERT JAMES NICKELSON was employed at Brigade Ammunition Dump in GLENCORSE WOOD. A German 5.9" shell hit the dump and set fire to 40 boxes of Smoke Bombs and also a large dump of Mills Grenades. This N.C.O. rushed out of a dugout, together with a bomber, and despite the dense smoke cloud shovelled loose earth on the fire and after about 20 minutes strenuous work managed to smother it. During this time the Mills Grenades were exploding all over the place and the dump was being very heavily shelled. This was the main forward Brigade Dump from which all ammunition was being forwarded to the front line to supply the demands of the attacking Battalions and was saved from absolute destruction by the excellent work and determination of these two men [NICKELSON and 2590 F. COWLEY] at great personal risk. Whilst returning from the dump to his dugout a few yards away after smothering the fire, this N.C.O. was badly wounded by shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

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

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