NICHOLS, Bertie Philip

No.14143, Corporal, Bertie Philip NICHOLS
Aged 22

8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Saturday 19th May 1917

Bertie Nichols was born in Wicklewood, Norfolk on 10th August 1896 (Forehoe Q3-1896 4B:192), baptised in St Andrews and All Saints, Wicklewood on 11th October 1896, son of John and Sarah Jane NICHOLS (née RATLEY).

1901 census...Aged 4, he was in Carleton Forehoe with his father John NICHOLS [34] a gamekeeper, born in Wicklewood, Norfolk; his mother Sarah [33] born in Stratford St Mary; brothers (John) William [3] born Wicklewood and George [2] born in Carleton Forehoe and sister Florence [6 months], born in Carleton Forehoe.

1911 census...Aged 14, an errand boy, he was in Pokemere Lane, Woodditton with his parents, brothers John and George, sister Florence and new siblings, Margaret [9] born Carleton Forehoe, Hilda [6] and Lilian [4] both born in Redgrave, Victor [8] born in Redgrave and Leonard [3] and Edwin [2] both born in Old Newton.

His parents were later living at the Round House, Stetchworth Ley.
His brother John William NICHOLS was killed on 3rd May 1917 and, like Bertie, is named on the Arras Memorial. see here

He enlisted in Newmarket.
He arrived in France on 25th July 1915. In May 1917 the 8th Suffolks were on the right of the 33rd Division which launched an attack to try and retake Cherisy.
The battalion were held in readiness to move forward but were not required to do so and the next day they went into divisional reserve.
5 men of the battalion were killed that day, 3 named with Bertie on the Arras Memorial, Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras

photo: Rodney Gibson

Bertie Nichols is commemorated on the Arras Memorial - bay 4

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details