Sgt Henry James NICHOLAS VC MM - in an earlier post I introduced you briefly to Sgt Nicholas whose statue my daughter and took an interest in. The statue is in the inner city where we live.
Owen very kindly took off on a research of his own and found the final resting place of Sgt Nicholas in France.
The young Sgt was the sole "winner" of the Victoria Cross from the World War 1. As it turns out, as a young child he lived not too far away from where I live now with my family. Henry (Harry to his friends) had an older brother who was also in WW1, he was wounded in Gallipoli and returned to NZ for discharge. Another brother, Ernest went to war as a 20 year old and saw service in Egypt and France. Henry also had 4 sisters and an adopted brother.
It also transpires (I love that word, don't you!) that Sgt Nicholas was killed in action as a result of a German patrol returning from a "reccie" and basically blundered into Sgt Nicholas' post. In a brief exchange of fire most of the German's were killed and the sole New Zealand casualty was Sgt Nicholas. He died approximately 200 yards east of the northern bridge, Beaudignies.
Sgt Nicholas was originally buried in the French Cemetary on Route de Capelle at Beaudignies on 25 October 1918. Four days later, 29 October 1918, his body was exhumed and he was reburied with full military honours in the Vertigneul Chruchyard near Romeries (Nord).
He has nieces still living here in Christchurch and they were able to assist with the booklet written about him.