Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Private Harry Nicholds
9th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own)
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Harry Nicholds was the son of Mark and Caroline Nicholds of Coleshill. He was born in Coleshill in 1873 and in 1891 he was recorded as a 'Platelayer on Railway.' By 1901 he was still living with his parents on Coventry Road, Coleshill, and is recorded as a 'navvy' (a manual labourer working on a civil engineering project, in this case probably the railway). Harry joined the 9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (service number 12382) and was injured in the Battle of the Somme. Private Harry Nicholds died of his wounds on 25th September 1916. He is remembered on the Puchevillers British Cemetery, France.
Coleshill Chronicle 14th October 1916 DEATHS NICHOLDS – Private H. Nicholds, West Yorks Regiment, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Nicholds, Pound House, died of wounds received in action September 25th 1916. “Greater love hath no man than this.”
Coleshill Chronicle 22nd September 1917 DEATHS IN MEMORIAM NICHOLDS – In loving memory of our dear brother, Private Harry Nicholds, who died of wounds, in France, September 26th 1916. He nobly answered duty’s call, And gave his life for one and all. -From his loving Mother, Father, Sisters, and Brothers.
Coleshill Chronicle 28th September 1918 DEATHS IN MEMORIAM NICHOLDS – In memory of Private Harry Nicholds, West Yorkshire Regiment, who died for his country, September 26th [sic] 1916. From his loving Father, Mother, Sisters and Brother.
Coleshill Chronicle 25th September 1920 DEATHS IN MEMORIAM NICHOLDS – In loving memory of Harry Nicholds, late Private 9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, died of wounds in France September 26th 1916 [sic]. Always lovingly remembered by Mother, Father, Brothers, and Sisters.