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Person Details

NICHOLSON, Laurance Cail


Name: Maidenhead St. Ives Road, Maidenhead
NIWM Ref: 7882
RBWM Ref: WM119
Name: St. Mary's Parishioners - WW1 (lost) High Street, Maidenhead
NIWM Ref: 9131
RBWM Ref: WM128
Name: Bray Ferry End Road Bray
NIWM Ref: 7906
RBWM Ref: WM171

Person Details

Date of birth: 30/08/1882
Place of birth: Maidenhead
Gender: Male
Date of death: 02/11/1914
Place of death: Mrs Watney's Home for Officers, London
Manner of death: Died of wounds
Age at death: 32
CWGC Ref: 4023530
TWGPP Ref: 3774420
Address: The Elm Castle Hill Boyn Hill Maidenhead
Address: The Old Vicarage Shiplake Henley on Thames Oxon

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Rank: Lieutenant
Joined: Commissioned
Military Organisation: Army
Military Unit/Group: 14th Kings Hussars
Rank: Lieutenant
Decoration: Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Awarded: 12/1914
Citation:On the 30th August 1914 led and commanded his platoon admirably during an attack on a German position, Paschendaele-Becelaere Road, which resulted in taking the enemy's trenches and 70 prisoners. For this action he was awarded the D.S.O.
Decoration: Mentioned in Dispatches


Father Frederick W NICHOLSON

Additional information

Laurance was educated at Uppingham School, Leicestershire and on leaving school joined the Army.
A very good sportsman, Laurance played polo and golf. An accomplished horseman, his favourite sport was point to point racing.
Laurance fought in the Boer War before being Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant to the 14th King's Hussars on the 26th March 1902. He retired from active service and joined the reserves in 1907. He then joined the 3rd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment at the outbreak of war. On the 23rd October 1914 he was wounded in action. He died of his wounds in a London Hospital on the 2nd November 1914.
St. Peter & Paul Shiplake
Laurance was wounded in action on the 23rd October 1914, leading B Company 1st Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment in the defence of the Zonnebeck Road during the First Battle of Ypres. The Battalion came under heavy shell and rifle fire whilst assisting the French Cavalry. Their position was illuminated by two burning farms behind them. Laurance was hit and evacuated back to England. He died of his wounds at Mrs Watney's Home for Officers in London.

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