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Basil NICHOLLS

Regimental number2798
Place of birthTalwood, Apillthorpe, New South Wales
SchoolOrange District School, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressSouth Woodburn, Richmond River, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Warburton, Maclachlan Street, East Orange, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 21 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe was the first Orange soldier to be killed in France. He was a great friend of Pte W. Corkett who was the first Orange soldier to be killed at Gallipoli and whose untimely death strengthened his determination to help Australians in their fight for liberty (details from mother)
FateDied of wounds 22 April 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death21
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialMerville Communal Cemetery (Plot VI, Row Q, Grave No. 18), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
57
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward dand Anne NICHOLLS, McLachlan Street, Orange, New South Wales. Native of Tallwood, New South Wales

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