Horace Nicholls.

14/12/1917 - Corpl. Horace Nicholls, Cyclists, attached to the London Regiment, was posted as missing on September 20th.  Mrs. Nicholls and family, 147, Fletton Avenue, would gratefully receive any information from any of his comrades regarding him on that date.

OCTOBER 20TH 1917 - Corporal Horace Nicholls, Cyclists, attached to the London Regiment, is missing. He is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Nicholls, Fiction Avenue. He is wet I known in Peterborough and Fletton as a comedian. He mobilised with the Cyclists in 1914, and was attached to the London Regiment on arrival in France. Three brothers in this family have joined the army. Percy Nicholls, who has lost one leg, is now discharged, and Albert after discharge from the Hunts Cyclists, rejoined the R. G. A.  and is now at Dover. Cpl Horace Nicholls was employed by Mr. Buckle, Solicitors, Priestgate, Peterborough.

JULY 27TH 1918 - Corporal Horace Nicholls, London Regiment, Royal Fusiliers, son of Mrs. A. Nicholls, Fletton Avenue, Peterborough, who was posted missing on September 20th 1917, is now officially reported as killed. At the commencement of the hostilities, Corporal Nicholls was mobilised with the Hunts Cyclists Battalion. He was well known locally as a comedian, and was a member of the ' Dandy Pips' concert party. Another son, Percy, who is discharged from the Royal Warwicks, suffered amputation of the leg. Their eldest son, Albert, re enlisted after receiving his discharge and is now serving with the R. G. A. at Catterick Camp.

Local newspaper entries indicate that by 17th October 1914 Private H. Nicholls had been promoted to the rank of Paid Lance Corporal at the time it was indicated that he was serving in G Company.

He is remembered on the Menin Gate in Ypres Belgium.

If you can help with any data on this Huntingdonshire Cyclist please contact me at huntscycles@btinternet.com

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09/04/2012

. . Martyn Smith