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Name: Joseph NICHOLLS
Casualty No.: 274 Ranks: Private Initials: J Service No.: 6774
Date of Birth : 09/03/1899 Place of Birth : Age at Death: 17
Unit: 1st/8TH Bn Durham Light Infantry.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 11 South View Crawcrook, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Driver at Emma Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Sunday 5th November 1916
Place of Death: Butte de Warlencourt, Somme, France.
Battle/Campaign: Battles of the Somme, France, 1916. 151st Brigade, 50th Division.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Robert Young Memorial Methodist Church, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and face 14A and 15C
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 5th December 1918.
Family Details:
Son of Henry and Elizabeth Nichols of 11 South View, Crawcrook, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Joseph had three sisters.
Notes : Joseph is one of the district's youngest war casualties. He started working at Emma Colliery on 10th March 1913. He left the colliery to enlist in the colours on 9th April 1915. Joseph's mother had placed a request for information in the personal column of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, dated 5th December 1918, asking for any news about her son from released prisoners of war.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War. Emma Colliery Personnel Records at Durham County Records Office and Tyne and Wear Archives Service.
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