WWI BWM. Nicholson. Rifle Brigade. London. POW 1918, St Quentin. First day Operation Michael.


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Correctly named S26360 Pte A Nicholson Rif Brig

Entitled to a Pair, Arthur Thomas Nicholson served with the 7th Bn Rifle Brigade.

We find him living at 62 Kingsley Road, London.

He was captured on the 21st March 1918, the first day of the German offensive, Operation Michael, the Spring Offensive.

The attack on the 21st of March began at 4am with a bombardment of both explosives and gas. The 7th Bn were defending the area near Jussy Canal with the 8th Bn in support.

The 7th had lost all contact with the 8th 8th and were ordered to withdraw as almost surrounded in a position to the rear of Flavy Le Martel. They did counter attack to help repel the German advance.

This was the start of a week long battle.

Arthur was captured at the canal un-injured .

The medal is missing the silver ribbon pin and there is damage to one of the lugs.

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