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The research for this blog post was carried out by work experience students from Pool Hayes School.


nichollsjJoseph  Nicholls was born in Wombourne, Staffordshire, in 1888, the son of William and Sarah Nicholls (nee Deans). In 1901 he was with his parents at 119 Blacklay, Wombourne, together with his brothers James, William, John, Samuel and Thomas. He later worked as a messenger for the Express & Star newspaper. By 1911, he was serving with the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment.

He rejoined the colours in August 1914 and became a Private in the 2nd Battalion (service number 7614). He died from wounds received in action on 15 August 1916, and is buried at St Sever Cemetery, Rouen. he is also commemorated on the Wombourne War Memorial, as well as on the Express & Star’s own memorial.