THOSE REMEMBERED ON THE FALFIELD WAR MEMORIAL WHO DIED DURING THE 1914-18 WAR
VICTOR GEORGE NICHOLS
Circa 1891 (Baptised in St George’s Church on 3rd May 1891)
Date of Death:
Circa November 1916
Discharged 3rd March 1916
There is a burial record in the Parish of Uxbridge St Margaret dated 25th November 1916 for Victor George Nichols aged 25 years of 7 Barnett Road, Uxbridge
Military Service Record cards confirm the following:
Enlisted at Tunbridge Wells on 26/12 1914 at the age of 23 years and 7 months. Into the Royal Engineers address given as Falfield. He was unmarried.
Draft enlistment records that he had previously been in the forces (SA Trs Sig Co RE) (Territorials).
Next of kin Sister Mrs L. Parsons (Laura Mary Anne) of Falfield
Address on discharge notes given as 2 Rutland Villas, Belmont Rd Uxbridge
Service No 74131
Trade: P B Telegraphist
Medical Record: “Reported sick on 12/1/1916 in Flanders with a cough. While in hospital had an attack of Flaemoptysis Has been at the front for 7 months doing signalling work. Has signs of TB at both ? TB in sputum. Refuses Sanatorium treatment. Medical board 17/1/16. Result of active service. Exposure”
Discharged 3rd March 1916.
The 1914/15 star campaign medal of the British Empire for his service in World War One.
This Star is identical to the 1914 Star in every respect except that the centre scroll bears the dates “1914-
Eligibility for the Victory Medal consisted of having been mobilised, fighting, having served in any of the theatres of operations, or at sea, between midnight 4th/5th August, 1914, and midnight, 11th/12th November, 1918. Women who served in any of the various military organisations in a theatre of operations were also eligible.
The British War Medal is a campaign medal of the United Kingdom which was awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces for service in the 1st World War. Two versions of the medal were produced. About 6.5 million were struck in silver and 110,000 in bronze, the latter awarded to, among others, the Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps
The 1914/15 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred. With Pip representing either the 1914/15 Star or the 1914 Star, only one of which could be awarded to a soldier, Squeak represented the British War Medal and Wilfred represented the Victory Medal.
Brothers & Sisters: Joseph A (1875-
Isabel, Sydney, Hubert and Owen were all baptised in St George’s Church.
Victor is boarding at Kent Villa, Summer Grove, Elstree, with owners, brother and sister George and Eliza Martin. His occupation is recorded as a P O Clerk, aged 20.
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