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Henry James Nicholas

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Henry James Nicholas Famous memorial Veteran

Birth
Lincoln, Selwyn District, Canterbury, New Zealand
Death
23 Oct 1918 (aged 27)
Le Quesnoy, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Burial
Romeries, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France GPS-Latitude: 50.1963317, Longitude: 3.54816
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World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Lincoln, New Zealand, he served as a Private in the 1st Battalion, Canterbury Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Forces. On December 3, 1917, Private Nicholas's battalion was subordinate during an attack at Polderhoek, Belgium. Private Nicholas, who was one of a Lewis gun section, had orders to form a defensive flank to the right of the advance, when they were checked by heavy enemy machine-gun and rifle fire. Private Nicholas rushed forward alone, shot the officer in command of the strong-point and overcame the remainder of the garrison with bombs. He captured this strong-point practically single-handed, taking four prisoners and a machine-gun. For most prestigious gallantry, he was promoted Sergeant and invested with his Victoria Cross by the King George V at Buckingham Palace in July 1918. After his return to the front, Sergeant Nicholas's post was guarding a bridge over the River Ecaillon, Le Quesnoy, France, when they were attacked by a German patrol and he was killed by heavy machine-gun fire.
World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Lincoln, New Zealand, he served as a Private in the 1st Battalion, Canterbury Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Forces. On December 3, 1917, Private Nicholas's battalion was subordinate during an attack at Polderhoek, Belgium. Private Nicholas, who was one of a Lewis gun section, had orders to form a defensive flank to the right of the advance, when they were checked by heavy enemy machine-gun and rifle fire. Private Nicholas rushed forward alone, shot the officer in command of the strong-point and overcame the remainder of the garrison with bombs. He captured this strong-point practically single-handed, taking four prisoners and a machine-gun. For most prestigious gallantry, he was promoted Sergeant and invested with his Victoria Cross by the King George V at Buckingham Palace in July 1918. After his return to the front, Sergeant Nicholas's post was guarding a bridge over the River Ecaillon, Le Quesnoy, France, when they were attacked by a German patrol and he was killed by heavy machine-gun fire.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

Gravesite Details

Service No. WWI 24213 | Sgt. - Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion.



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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/10031738/henry_james-nicholas: accessed ), memorial page for Henry James Nicholas (11 Jun 1891–23 Oct 1918), Find a Grave Memorial ID 10031738, citing Vertigneul Churchyard, Romeries, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France; Maintained by Find a Grave.