E Nicholls was the son of Mrs E Nicholls of 1 1l Mount Pleasant, Kingswinford. He enlisted in the Durham Light Infantry and was sent to the 6th Battalion in the 50th Division. They fought in the 1916 Battle of the Somme at Morval and the Ancre and in 1917 were again in the front line for the Battle of Arras when they led a section of the attack on the 14th April along the Cojeul to Wancourt. Their objectives were reached but they were forced to fall back in a vigorous counter-attack. It was possibly at this point that Private Nicholls was seriously injured. He was eventually sent back to England where he died on the 6th August. He was 32 years of age and is buried in Wordsley churchyard (9:22) and commemorated on the Wordsley Memorial,
High Street, Wordsley, West Midlands, DY8 5RU
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