Monday 23 May 2011

Sergeant Charles Robert Nichols

Born on 21 October 1881 in Bracknell, Berkshire, England - husband of Mary Nichols, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address same as wife; contractor and carpenter; married; currently a member of the Governor General's Foot Guards (one year); no previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 8 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Rockcliffe Camp, Ottawa, Ontario, on 3 September 1915 (number 145051) - departed Canada for overseas on 19 June 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 6 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 30 October 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 4 December 1917 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 2 August 1918 (for "Canada Instruction Duty") - returned to Canada on 22 September 1918.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926), p.131)

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