Edward Nicholls was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, the son of William and Elizabeth Nicholls. In 1901 they were living at 7 Dudley Road, together with Edward’s brothers Frederick and Victor and sister Alice. Edward attended the Wolverhampton Higher Grade School. His father was the proprietor of the timber merchants John Nicholls and Sons.
Edward joined the O. T. C. Artists’ Rifles in November 1915, and became Second-Lieutenant in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in July 1916. A report in the Express & Star dated 27 November 1917 hails the fact that he has been awarded the Military Cross for bravery in the field, although I have been unable to find his citation in the London Gazette. Edward survived the war and married in 1921, and went on to have four children – John, Sylvia, Joan and Barrie – between 1934 and 1946. Edward died in Wolverhampton in 1970.