Joseph Henry Nicholls was born in 1892 in Wolverhampton, the son of John and Mary Nicholls. He attended All Saints’ School, and in 1901, was living at 45 All Saints Road. Joseph and his parents were joined by his brothers Frederick and Herbert, his sister Martha, his great-aunt Caroline Fisher, and John Bennett, a boarder.
According to a piece in the Midland Counties Express dated 18 November 1916, enlisted in September 1914, as soon as he read in the Express & Star that a Non-Manual Battalion was being raised locally. He joined the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 3007), and apparently “thoroughly enjoyed the period of training and evinced the very greatest interest in all the duties that military life laid upon him.” On 1 July 1916, he was killed “in the course of terrible fighting”. He is commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial.