Second Lieutenant Anthony Nichol

Second Lieutenant Anthony Thomas Nichol, 15th ( Service ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He died, aged 19, in France on 16th April 1917 of wounds received during the Battle of Arras. He was the son of Lt. Col. William Dale Nichol and Mary Louisa Nichol of 8 Kimbolton Avenue, Bedford and is buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France. ( It was alleged that Junior Officers life expectancy at that stage in the War averaged 6 weeks ). Although his parents lived in Bedford his mother had been brought up in Birch Hill, Norham where his Grandmother and aunt still lived. His Headstone is inscribed ” Pro Patriae Amore “. The photograph shows British troops accompanied by a tank in the main street of a captured village near Arras.

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