Friday 20 May 2011

Private William Davy Nicholas

Born on 30 July 1886 in Langley, near Fawley, Southampton, Hants, England - son of David and Edith Nicholas, Ipers Bridge Tavern, Fawley, Southampton, Hants, England - brother of Frederick, Walter P. and Albert T. Nicholas - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address in Kingston, Ontario; butcher; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 2 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; sandy hair.

Joined the 80th Battalion, CEF, in Barriefield, Ontario, on 27 October 1915 (number 220101) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 5 or 6 October 1916 - wounded on 9 or 12 April 1917 - invalided to England on 15 April 1917.

Married Ellen Victoria Wilson (age 27, born in North Fredericksburg, Ontario, daughter of William Wilson and Barbara Palmer) on 20 June 1918 in Frontenac, Ontario.

(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; Archives of Ontario, Registrations of Marriages, etc. (via; The National Archives of the UK, Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891 (via

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