NICHOLLS, Harry  
 
PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Nicholls, Harry
Date of birth: April 21st, 1918 (The Meadows/Nottingham, Great Britain)
Date of death:  September 11th, 1975 (Leeds/Yorkshire, Great Britain)
Buried on:  Commonwealth War Graves Nottingham
Nationality:  British
BIOGRAPHY: 
Servicenumber 2614910.

Harry Nicholls is buried at the Southern Cemetery, Nottingham, Great Britain.
     
VICTORIA CROSS (VC)
Rank: Lance-Corporal
Unit: 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, British Army
Awarded on: July 30th, 1940
Action: No. 2614910 Lance-corporal Harry NICHOLLS, Grenadier Guards.
On the 21st May, 1940, Lance-corporal Nicholls was commanding a section in the right-forward platoon of his company when the company was ordered to counter-attack. At the very start of the advance he was wounded in the arm by shrapnel, but continued to lead his section forward; as the company came over a small ridge, the enemy opened heavy machine-gun fire at close range.
Lance-corporal Nicholls, realising the danger to the company, immediately seized a Bren gun and dashed forward towards the machine-guns, firing from the hip. He succeeded in silencing first one machine-gun and then two other machine-guns, in spite of being again severely wounded. Lance-corporal Nicholls then went on up to a higher piece of ground and engaged the German infantry massed behind, causing many casualties, and continuing to fire until he had no more ammunition left. He was wounded at least four times in all, but absolutely refused to give in. There is no doubt that his gallant action was instrumental in enabling his company to reach its objective, and in causing the enemy to fall back across the River Scheldt.
Lance-corporal Nicholls has since been reported to have been killed in action.

Although the citation mentions that Nicholls was reported to have been killed in action, later it became known that he had been taken prisoner.

Details: Lance-Corporal Nicholls Victoria Cross is publicly displayed at the Guards Regimental Headquarters, London, Great Britain.
Published in The London Gazette dated 30th July 1940.
 
     
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Picture source:   - Paul F. wilson at Find a Grave
Information source(s):   - Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 26th July 1940, Issue 34909, dated 30th July 1940
- Victoria Cross Reference
- The Register of the Victoria Cross - published by This Engeland 1997 - ISBN 0906324270
- Special thanks to Iain Stewart from The History of the Victoria Cross
   
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