NICHOL, James Arthur
(Service number 2/2228)
|First Rank||Gunner||Last Rank||Sergeant|
|Date||28 July 1893||Place of Birth||Waimate|
|Date||18 August 1915||Age||22|
|Address at Enlistment||Care of D Gibson, Sutherlands, New Zealand|
|Previous Military Experience||Territorials|
|Next of Kin||Mrs M Nichol (mother), Clive St, Timaru|
|Medical Information||5ft 8in, 156lbs, blue eyes, light brown hair|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||7th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||New Zealand Field Artillery|
|Date||10 September 1915|
|Transport||Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Campaigns||Egyptian and Gallipoli, Western Front|
|Service Medals||British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1914-1915 Star|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||21 May 1919||Reason||Termination of period of engagement|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
8 October 1918 - Gunshot wound left forearm
|Date||1 June 1944||Age||51|
|Place of Death||Timaru|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Sutherlands War Memorial, Timaru Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Row 131, plot 345|
|New Zealand Memorials||Sutherlands|
James Arthur Nichol was born in Waimate on 28 July 1893 to Walter and Margaret Nichol.
At the time of his enlistment on 18 August 1915 he was working at a ploughman for D. Gibson of Sutherlands, Cave. He was described as 22 years old, 5ft 8in, 156lbs, with blue eyes, and light brown hair, single, and Presbyterian. He gave his next of kin at his mother Margaret Nichol, by then living at Clive St, Timaru. He was attached to the 7th Reinforcements, NZ Field Artillery as a gunner and embarked at Wellington for Suez and Egypt on 10 September 1915, going on to serve in Egypt and on the Western Front. In March 1918 he was promoted to sergeant at Rouen, France. Later that year he was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to his left forearm on 8 October 1918. He was sent to England for treatment and was there when the Armistice was declared. Nichol returned to New Zealand early in 1919 and was discharged on 21 May 1919. He had served for 3 years, 277 days. His proposed address was C/- Miss Matthews, 9 Rathmore St, Timaru.
After the war James went on to marry Emma Jane Matthews in 1924. James Arthur Nichol died in 1944 and is buried with his wife in Timaru Cemetery.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database [August 2021]; NZBMD; Assorted records at Ancestry.com [August 2021]
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