Lieutenant Thomas Nicholson

Lieutenant Thomas Edward Nicholson, 25th ( 2nd Tyneside Irish ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France on 1st July 1916, aged 26, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France. He had been born in Amble in 1890. He fell in that part of the attack from the Tara-Usna line towards the German positions at La Boiselle. The attack failed with very heavy casualties.  4 Officers and 140 Other Ranks were killed and  14 Officers and 351 Other Ranks were wounded. The first photograph shows a shell bursting on the German trenches at La Boiselle just before the attack and the second photograph shows the Tyneside Irish advancing at the start of the attack at 7.30 a.m.

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