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Edwin Bedford NICKSON

Regimental number18
Place of birthHowlong New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDraper
AddressCastle Hill, via Parramatta, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, E Nickson, Castle Hill, via Parramatta, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name19th Battalion, Transport Section
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night of 12th instant, near MORLANCOURT, this N.C.O. displayed exceptional gallantry and devotion to duty in handling the Battalion Transport whilst carrying rations to the line. When the limbers were moving up to the ration dump in the forward area, heavy enemy shelling was encountered at a cross roads, which caused the horses to swerve and gallop back along the route. Corporal NICKSON set the limbers on their route again, and on reaching the same spot further shelling was experienced, again causing the horses to become unmanageable, and as a result of this, two limbers became locked and were immovable. With remarkable coolness and regardless of the persistent enemy shelling, he unlimbered the horses and with extreme difficulty cleared the block and again set the limbers on their track. The persistence of this N.C.O. cleared a very difficult situation and his disregard of his own safety was a splendid example to the other members of the Transport Section.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Date of death4 October 1960

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