NICHOL, James Arthur
(Service number 2/2228)

First Rank Gunner Last Rank Sergeant


Date 28 July 1893 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date 18 August 1915 Age 22
Address at Enlistment Care of D Gibson, Sutherlands, New Zealand
Occupation Ploughman
Previous Military Experience Territorials
Marital Status single
Next of Kin Mrs M Nichol (mother), Clive St, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information 5ft 8in, 156lbs, blue eyes, light brown hair

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

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

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian and Gallipoli, Western Front
Service Medals British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1914-1915 Star
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 21 May 1919 Reason Termination of period of engagement

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

8 October 1918 - Gunshot wound left forearm

Post-war Occupations



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

Biographical Notes

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 [August 2021]

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