This blog posting has been prepared by one of our volunteers, Ann Eales
The Midland Counties Express of Saturday 18th November 1916 reports the death of Albert Nicholls:
ONE OF THREE SOLDIER BROTHERS Private Albert Nicholls, a brother of Mrs K Evans, 58 Maxwell road, Wolverhampton was killed in an important theatre of war on September 25th 1916, and was 25 years of age. The deceased was educated at Wombourn National School. Another brother is a prisoner of war in Germany, and two others are also in the Army. Private Nicholls and his brothers live at Maxwell road.
Wombourne War Memorial records J Nicholls and two T Nicholls but Albert’s name doesn’t appear. The Commonwealth War Graves entry reads:
Service No: 9217
Date of Death: 25/09/1915
Regiment: South Staffordshire Regiment 1st Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 73 to 76.
Memorial: LOOS MEMORIAL.
“Soldiers and Officers Died in the Great War 1914 -1919“ says Albert Nicholls’ Birth place was Wombourne, Staffs., and Penn, Staffs., was his residence. Cause of death was “Killed in Action”, place of Death: France & Flanders. The “UK Army Registers of Soldiers Effects 1901 to 1929″ entry for Albert Nicholls shows that on 4th May 1905 a payment was authorised to be paid to his father William Henry [£13 3s 6d], on 16th December 1919 to his step mother Ellen [£3 15s 2d], and finally on 1st June 1920 to his brother Isaiah [4s 10d.] The Medal Index Card has the date of his disembarkation as 17/12/1914, and “Killed in Action 25/9/16.” His name also appears on the South Staffordshire Regiment’s Medal Roll, but no other military records for him could be found.
Albert Nicholls’ birth at Wolverhampton, was registered in the 3rd quarter of 1890. The death of Albert’s mother Kezia was registered at Wolverhampton in the 3rd quarter of 1893. The remarriage of William Henry Nicholls to Ellen Emma Woolley was registered at Wolverhampton in the 2nd quarter of 1900.
The 1901 Census shows the family living at Home Lane, Upper Penn. Wm Hy Nicholls age 46 is a House Painter, his wife Ellen E Nicholls age 33 was born at Cookley in Worcestershire, Caroline Nicholls is now age 12, Albert S Nicholls is age 10 and Harry Wooley age 10 is recorded as Wm’s step son, born at Cookley.
The 1911 Census shows Albert S Nicholls age 20 living with John Evans age 31 at 58 Maxwell Rd, Wolverhampton, Occupation Iron Works Labourer in a Foundry. John is married to Kezia, Albert’s sister, who is now age 29. The Evans’ have a daughter, Kezia Elizabeth, age 7, born at Church Village Bilston. Albert’s brother William Henry age 34 working as a Horse Driver in a Foundry is also living at Maxwell Road. In 1911 William Henry Nicholls senior was living with wife Ellen at The Fold, Penn, his step son Harry, and their 4 boys age 2 to 10, the eldest 3 of whom were attending school.