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Herbert John NICHOLLS

Regimental number2477
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address4 Eades Place, West Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 8.25"
Weight118 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Robert Nicholls, 4 Eades Place, West Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the Senior Cadets; 18 months in the Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date8 May 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name58th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/75/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 30 January 1918
Discharge date25 April 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 25 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 1 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 30 December 1916; taken on strength, 58th Bn, in the field, 26 February 1917.

Found guilty, 2 September 1917, of being absent without leave from 8.15 am till 10.30 pm, 1 September 1917: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 4 days' pay.

Wounded in action, 25 September 1917 (gun shot wound, left arm, right shoulder); admitted to Field Ambulance, 26 September 1917, and transferred to 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing station; to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 1 October 1917; to England, 19 October 1917, and admitted to Lady Forester's Auxiliary Hospital, Broseley nr Shrewsbury, 20 October 1917; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 10 December 1917; discharged on furlough, 14 December 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 28 December 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Euripides', 30 January 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 21 March 1918; discharged (medically unfit: gun shot wound, left chest; fibrosis, left lung), Melbourne, 25 April 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, NICHOLLS Herbert John

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