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Person Details
Newark on Trent
Joseph Henry Nicholson was born in 1896 at Newark and was the son of William a brick layers labourer and Eleanor Nicholson née Brown of 19 Tenter Buildings Appleton Gate Newark. His father William was born in 1876 at Newark and his mother Eleanor Frances Brown was born in 1875 at Newark, they were married in 1894 at Newark and had the following children, Joseph Henry b1896, Elizabeth Ernestine Venn b 1899 and Florence Nicholson b1901 all were born in Newark. In the 1911 census the family are living at 19 Tenter Buildings, Newark and are shown as William 35 yrs a brick layers labourer, he is living with his wife Eleanor 36 yrs and their children, Joseph Henry 15 yrs a barley room labourer, Elizabeth Ernestine Venn 12 yrs a scholar and Florence 10 yrs a scholar.
He was a barley room labourer.
26 Apr 1917
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Private
  • DCM DCM Distinguished Conduct Medal
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Joseph Henry Nicholson enlisted at Newark and served with the 1/8th battalion Sherwood Foresters, he landed in France on 2nd March 1915 and was killed in action on 26th April 1917 and is buried at Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery. Pas de Calais, France.
Article published on 12th May 1917 in the Newark Herald :- Only son of Mr & Mrs W. Nicholson, 19 Tenter Buildings, Newark. A native of Newark and attended Lovers’ Lane Council School. Afterwards apprentice to Mr Walter W. Elliot, engineer, Appletongate and was with him up to the time he enlisted, a month after war broke out. Trained at Harpenden and Braintree, going to France in Jan. 1915. Five times previously wounded, and had been sent out three times in all. After the fifth wound was drafted to Dublin Castle and from there he came to Newark, about a year ago, the last time his mother saw him. The first Newarker to be awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal: “For conspicuous gallantry when he assisted an officer to put to flight a patrol of superior strength. In this he was wounded. He has repeatedly done good work on patrol duty”. Severely wounded in the lungs by a flying piece of shell and died at a casualty clearing station. His father Pte W. Nicholson enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters and served through the Irish rebellion afterwards going to France.
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    Joseph H Nicholson - Courtesy of Lynne Weston
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone at Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery extension, Pas de Calais. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Joseph H Nicholson - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone at Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery extension, Pas de Calais. Courtesy of Murray Biddle