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Frank Reginald Reynolds Nicholson (Service no. 62878) was a First World War soldier with links to Woolston.

Frank Nicholson was born on Wednesday 27th January 1897 to Emily and Charles Nicholson, a carpenter, in King’s Norton Worcestershire England. Charles and Frank immigrated to New Zealand in 1913, leaving Emily and Frank's younger brother Edward behind in Birmingham. Father and son were residing at 79 Princess Street, Woolston, when Frank enlisted on 14th July 1917.

At the time of enlistment Frank was a young single Anglican man, 20 years 7 months old. He stood 5' 3 1/2" tall, weighed 58kgs and had a fair complexion, grey eyes and dark hair and was working as a clerk for Henry Berry & Co.

Frank was assigned as a private to the New Zealand Machine Gun Corp which was part of the 34th Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force. They departed New Zealand on 8th February 1918 aboard the (HMNZT 100), Ulimaroa along with the 26th Reinforcements Maori Contingent [roll No.76] bound for England. They disembarked in Liverpool on 29th March and were marched to the NZRB depot at Brocton for training and from there Private Nicolson was sent to Belton Park in Grantham for machine gun training on 17th April 1918. On the 3rd June he left for France where upon arrival he was marched into camp at Camiers. Here he joined the No.3 NZ entrenching battalion before being transferred to the New Zealand Machine Gun battalion on the 24th August. However just 5 days later on 29th August Private Nicholson was struck down by a case of severe diarrhoea and hospitalized. He returned to his unit on 3rd of September but received gunshot wounds to the chest on 8th October. Although he was taken to hospital by field ambulance to the No. 16 general Hospital at Le Treport he eventually died from his wounds on 6th of November 1918.

Private Frank Reginald Reynolds Nicholson is buried at the Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, Seine-Maritime, France grave 2-141 and his life is commemorated on the Woolston War Memorial.

Private Nicholson's war medals, commemorative scroll and plaque were sent to his Father at 193 Fitzgerald Street St Albans who was the executor of his will. All his estate both real and personal was bequeathed to his mother Emily Nicholson 140 Clifton Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, England.


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Frank Reginald Reynolds Nicholson

First Names:Frank Reginald Reynolds
Last Name:Nicholson
Place of Birth:King’s Norton Worcestershire England