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James NICHOLS

Regimental number25851
Place of birthMornington Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressApollo Bay, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs R A Nichols, Rosebud, Victoria
Enlistment date6 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 8, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 1 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 15 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 26th September 1917, during the second attack at YPRES, Gunner NICHOLS acted as runner for an F.O.O. When communications broke down, he constantly carried messages back to Infantry Brigade Headquarters and returned to the F.O.O. His work during the whole 48 hours was carried out under very heavy shell fire. his services were invaluable, and he displayed the greatest coolness, absolute disregard of personal safety and the greatest devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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