Born: 1896, Westleton, Suffolk.
Died: 10th April 1917; 21; KiA – Tilloy- les-Mofflaines, Arras.
Enlistment Date: 7th December 1914.
Date of Entry Therein: 27th October 1915 – France.
Obtained a Commission – 2nd Lieutenant – 7th December 1914.
Promoted – Captain – January 1917.
Wounded – Battle of the Somme, near Ovilliers – 3rd July 1916.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star + Military Cross – For conspicuous bravery during an assault when he showed great coolness under heavy machine-gun fire in correcting by compass bearings the direction of an assaulting wave which would had lost its way in the darkness. He was wounded later when rallying his men to lead them forward again.
Gazette issue 8464 Military Cross: for Distinguished Service
Pas de Calais,
1901 Vicarage, Westleton, Suffolk.
Douglas was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Francis Hamilton Nicholls, 46, CofE Clergyman, born Islington, London.
Annie Garland Nicholls (nee Phillips), 40, born Falkland Islands.
Dorothy Jessie Nicholls, 13, born Westleton, Suffolk.
Hedley Francis Nicholls, 10, born Westleton.
Philip Claude Nicholls, 7, born Westleton.
1 governess, 1 nurse & 1 general domestic servant.
1911 St. Mary at the Quay Vicarage, Foundation Street, Ipswich.
Douglas was 15 years old and living with parents & brothers.
Francis, 56, a Clergyman – Established Church.
Bernard Cecil Hamilton Nicholls, 21, University Student.
Hedley, 20, an Engineers Apprentice.
Educated at Ipswich School & Balliol College, Oxford – Head of School.
On the 27th February 1922, Douglas’s medals were sent to his father the Rev. Francis Hamilton Nicholls, of St. Mary’s Quay, Ipswich.
Douglas is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary at the Quay Church, Ipswich
& Chapel Passage West Wall, Balliol College, Oxford.
Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion: