Richard Edwin NICHOLLS DCM, MM

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NICHOLLS, Richard Edwin

Service Number: 2761
Enlisted: 12 June 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 46th Infantry Battalion
Born: Moonee Ponds, Victoria, March 1899
Home Town: Shepparton, Greater Shepparton, Victoria
Schooling: State School
Occupation: Grocer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 18 August 1918
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
Plot XI, Row C, Grave 1 (originally in Chalk Pits Cemetery in 1920 he was exhumed and re-interred in Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery)
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

12 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2761, Melbourne, Victoria
18 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2761, 2nd Pioneer Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2761, 2nd Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Karroo, Melbourne
1 Mar 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2761, 2nd Pioneer Battalion
26 Feb 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 46th Infantry Battalion
6 Apr 1918: Honoured Military Medal, Villers-Bretonneux
8 Aug 1918: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, Amiens
17 Aug 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2761, 46th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days", Shell wound (neck and side)

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

MEDALS FOR BRAVERY

Medals awarded to this young soldier for bravery were received by his mother from the Governor-General recently at a parade at the Domain Camp, Melbourne. Enlisting in 1916 Private Nicholls won the Military Medal on April 5, 1918, for volunteering to carry a despatch mesage on foot under heavy shell fire. He was awarded the D.C.M. on August 8. 1918 for capturing an enemy machine gun post, in the company of an officer, and taking prisoners. Ten days afterwards he died of wounds received in the front trench. He was the son of Mrs T. Riley of Euroa, and was 19 years of age at the time of his death, after two years' service at the front.

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