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Henry Nicholas V.C.

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12.01.2018

Six of our boys with the 27th Reinforcements at Amesbury, near Sling Camp, England. Standing (from left): Privates A. Fricker, Stewart, Everett, J. Forrest. Seated: Privates A. Robertson and H. McMaster. — Otago Witness, 9.1.1918.

Eighteen additional Victoria Crosses have been awarded, including one to Private Henry James Nicholas, a New Zealander, for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in an attack.

Nicholas belonged to a Lewis machine gun section, which was ordered to form a defensive flank to the right of the advance, which was subsequently checked by the enemy at a strong point. Nicholas rushed forward alone and shot the officer in command........

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