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Wilfred Vere Nicholson

Wilfred with his wife Francis (Fanny) and their grand nephew, B. Graeme Nicholson in Napier around 1948 - No known copyright restrictions

Wilfred with his wife Francis (Fanny) and their grand nephew, B. Graeme Nicholson in Napier around 1 …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Wilfred Vere AWMM
  • Surname
    Nicholson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 24/870 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 October 1895 AWMM NapierHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 June 1915 AWMM 68 Wellesley Street, Napier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Rosa Nicholson (mother), C/o S.E. Cooper, Shakespeare Road, Napier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 9 October 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • Messines AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • Somme AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 24/870 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 1 June 1915 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 8 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      9 stone 1 pound AWMM
    • Chest expansion, Unknown Period AWMM
      31 inches (min), 34 1/4 inches (max) AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Other, Unknown Period AWMM
      No defects, poor hearing in left ear AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Gassed at Messines in June 1918 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded in action receiving gun shot wounds to the left arm and leg at Camiers, France on 27 August 1918 AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Inter War 2 March 1919 AWMM
    Termination of period of engagement AWMM
    Private AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Nicholson enlisted at Napier on 31 May 1915 aged 19 years

    Given the rank of Rifleman, he was posted to C Company, 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade as part of the larger New Zealand Expeditionary Force

    From June to September 1915 was based at Trentham Military Camp for training

    On 18 November 1915 he disembarked into Egypt

    On 17 January 1916 he proceeded to Ismalia, Egypt

    On 24 March 1916 while at Ismalia he transferred to the Battalion Signals

    On 6 April 1916 Nicholson embarked from Alexandria to France

    23 February 1917 Nicholson was in the field attached to the Signal School, rejoining his unit on 17 March 1917

    From 20 June to 6 July 1917 Nicholson was on sick leave

    On 22 August 1917 Nicholson proceeded to Hospital, transferring to No 1 and No 2 Field Ambulance's. It is noted that on 5 September 1917 he was attached to No 2 Field Ambulance

    30 June 1917 Nicholson rejoined his unit

    Nicholson was in the field on 9 October 1917 and was detached to the reinforcement Camp. He rejoined his unit on 20 October 1917

    From 3 to 19 February 1918 Nicholson was son leave in the united Kingdom

    In June 1918 Nicholson was in the Somme and he reported being gassed at Messines

    14 June 1918 Nicholson was detached to the Power Buzzer School. He rejoined his unit on 3 July 1918

    On 26 August 1918 he was wounded in action. He received gun shot wounds to the left arm and left calf. He was admitted to the Casualty Clearing Station. A report from the 1st Field Ambulance notes that he was then admitted to AJ 30 (probably an advanced medical hospital in the field). The next day he was transferred from Dannes, Camiers, France and on 1 September 1918 admitted to the Army Hospital at Newhaven, United Kingdom. Medical notes from this time reveal that he sustained no serious disability from the gun shot wounds he had received. These notes reveal that he had been exposed to wet and cold conditions while on active service and that he suffered from influenza and a cough ever since being gassed at Messines and had felt weak. He is described as being short winded, unable to climb hills and having a regular cough

    On 29 October 1918 Nicholson was at the Hornchurch Military Hospital. He left this hospital on 8 November 1918 and then reported to Cedford (the NZ Military base headquarters in the United Kingdom) on 24 November 1918

    On 25 November 1918 the Medical Board Review at NZ Command Depot recommended that Nicholson was unfit for active service for at least 6 months. As the war had ended on 11 November 1918, he was to be returned to New Zealand

    On 19 December 1918 he left Liverpool on board the Oxfordshire destined for New Zealand. He disembarked in New Zealand on 2 February 1919

    A Certificate of Discharge was issued at Wellington on 21 February 1919

    In total, Nicholson gave 3 years and 117 days service, 29 months of this service was in the field

    Nicholson met his wife to be, Francis (Fanny) Mitchell while in hospital in 1918. She came to New Zealand in 1919/1920 to marry Nicholson under the war bride scheme AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    15 December 1961 AWMM
    Age 66 AWMM
    NapierHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • External links
  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 540 AWMM


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