Image in hospital uniform.

Born: 8th July 1874, Greenlaw, Midlothian, Scotland.

Died: 25th June 1916; age: 41; Accidental Injuries – Dieppe.

Residence: Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: London.


Rank: Private; Service Number: SS/10833.

Regiment: Army Service Corps, 217st Labourer Coy.


Grave Reference:


Janval Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Sarah Nicholls, and the late Colour Sergeant Samuel Nicholls; husband of M.A. Nicholls, of 42, Milton Street, Ipswich.






1881   40, Cemetery Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


Horace 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Samuel Nicholls, 39, a Colour Sergeant – Militia, born Ipswich.

Sarah Nicholls (nee Long), 27, born Bramford, Suffolk.

John Elijah Nicholls, 9, born Warley, Essex.

Beatrice Caroline Nicholls, 4, born Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland.

Samuel James Nicholls, 2, born, Glencoe, Lothian, Scotland.

Sarah Elizabeth Nicholls, 6 months, born Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

3 boarders.


1891   95, Regent Street, Ipswich.


Horace was 16 years old, an Engine Cleaner – Railway Works. He was living with his mother & step father, siblings & step siblings.

Charles William Hawes, 30, a Wood Sawyer, born Horsham, Suffolk.

Sarah, 34.

Beatrice, 14.

Sarah, 10.

Morris Hector Nicholls, 9, born Ipswich.

William Charles Hawes, 6, born Ipswich.

Ida Rebecca Hawes, 5, born Ipswich.

Kennard Bertie Hawes, 2, born Ipswich.


1901   48, Dorkin Street, Ipswich.


Horace was 26 years old, a Warehouseman – Iron Foundry. He was living with his partner, step daughter & daughter.

Mary Ann Rattle, 23.

Beatrice Maud Rattle, 9.

Florence Ida Nicholls Rattle, 2.


1911   42, Milton Street, Ipswich.


Horace was 36 years old, a Dock Labourer. He was married and Head of the Household.

Mary, 33.

Florence, 12.

Agnes, 7.

Horace, 4.

Violet, 1.


Horace’s father, Samuel Nicholls died June 1881, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


On the 3rd December 1893, at Ipswich Register Office, Horace married Agnes Mary Ablitt, born 1874, Ipswich – died February 1894. They had 1 daughter.

Agnes Mary Nicholls, born February 1894, Ipswich – died August 1894, Ipswich.


On the 19th October 1908, at St. John the Baptist, Ipswich, Horace married the mother of his children, Mary Ann Rattle, born 1871, Grundisburgh, Suffolk. They had 6 children:

Horace Albert Nicholls Rattle, born 1897, Union Workhouse, Ipswich – died 9, Kemp Street, Ipswich.

Florence Ida Nicholls Rattle, born May 1899, at 18, Bell Lane, Ipswich.

Agnes Nora Nicholls Rattle, born March 1902, 73, Rope Walk, Ipswich.

John Elijah Nicholls Rattle, born October 1904, 73, Rope Walk, Ipswich.

Horace Albert Rattle Nicholls, born March 1906, Ipswich.

Sarah Violet Eveline Nicholls, born October 1909, Ipswich.

and Mary Ann’s daughter, Beatrice Maud Rattle, born September 1892, Grundisburgh, Suffolk.


Soldiers’ Effects to Mary A. Nicholls – widow.

Horace is also remembered on St Mary at Stoke Church Ipswich, War Memorial.

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