L/474 Driver Frederick Nicholls, MM.

"C" Battery, 64th Brigade, R.F.A. Awarded the M.M. in the London Gazette of 6 August 1918. Nicholls was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.

The Burnley Express of 4 December 1918 reported: -


Burnley Driver's Heroism Under Heavy Fire.

High distinctions have been conferred upon Driver Frederick Nicholls (33), L/474, RFA, of 5, Adland Street, Burnley. He has won the Military Medal for "Extreme gallantry and devotion to duty at Barlette Farm and Bac St. Maur on April 9th. When the guns were withdrawn under rifle and shell fire from Barlette Farm and there was only five teams for 6 guns his team brought away two guns and one limber across country in very difficult circumstances. When his limber overturned and the team got tied up in the harness, he took charge and righted the limber and team". Lieutenant Colonel V. A. Batchelor added "I strongly recommend this driver for the Distinguished Conduct Medal". Lieutenant General de Lisle commanding XV Corps also wrote " A report of your good and valuable service has been brought to my notice and I herewith send to you my heartiest congratulations". Driver Nicholls enlisted into the Howitzers three years ago. Before then he was a weaver at Keighley's, Trafalgar Street, Burnley. He attended Claremont Schools, and was a footballer in his younger days. Two other brothers are serving.

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