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Nicholls, William Howard

Captain W. H. Nicholls, who was killed by an accidental gunshot wound at Jhansi, Central Provinces, India on February 22nd, 1916, at the age of 24 years, was the only son of Mr. H. H. J. Nicholls M.R.C.S. of Worthing, who was for many years in practice at Eastbourne. He was educated at Bradfield College and Guy's Hospital. Though near his qualifying degree at the London University, on the outbreak of war he passed the conjoint examination and immediately entered the R.A.M.C. in which he was gazetted Captain in 1915. He was a boxer and all-round athlete, and shared in the men's games, and was very popular with them. Whilst in medical charge of the Norwich Flying Corps he utilised his knowledge of mechanics and natural interest in machinery to learn to fly himself, and he was granted a pilot's certificate in January, 1916, an unusual distinction in the R.A.M.C. Soon after this he was ordered abroad and met his death not long after reaching India. In private life he was a keen sportsman and a small yacht owner, and there will be sorrow in many a Worthing fisherman's home for the loss of a liberal friend. Hospital Reports Vol.LXX, War Memorial Number


First name(s)William Howard
Date of birth1891
Place of birthEastbourne Registration District
Family detailsSon of Mr and Mrs Howard Hill John Nicholls, of Downview Rd, Worthing, W. Sussex
Previous educationBradfield College
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1910-1914
Dept / courseLondon M.D.
QualificationsConjoint 1914
Military unitRoyal Army Medical Corps
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death22 February 1916
Age at death24
Rank at deathCaptain
Cause of deathAccidental gunshot wound
Burial placeBuried in Jhansi Cantonment Cemetery
Commemoration(s)Guy's Hospital Memorial; Madras 1914-1918 War Memorial, Chennai
SourcesGuy's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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