"hello John & Pamela
I also have a Nicholls in my family tree her name Sarah Nicholls born England c1828 parents John & Mary, she died in Hay NSW Australia in 1903, her husband Nicholas John Trevena was born in Cornwall England, I assume they…"
Mary would have loved to have had contact with you too. I didn't have a photo just of myself, so the one I have put up is 4 generations in our family i.e. mum sitting, my son standing with me and mum nursing my first grand child (she is…"
Great to hear from you. Your information adds to what I know. I am sorry I did not have contact with Mary after my Mum died but I thought she also had died years ago otherwise I would have tried earlier to locate her. Do you or your Mum…"
My mother is Mary Nicholls's cousin. Mum's name is Elsie Sheridan (nee Rook). Her father and Mary's father were brothers. We only ever knew her husband as Nick, that's what Mary called him. Mary and Nick were married on…"
"Thanks so much for trying John, I appreciate your efforts and I'm pleased that I was able to help you a little. Being very much an amatuer, it's very satisfiying when I have a small victory! Now, if only my own researching was as…"
"Thanks for all your help Lyn. I wish I could be of some help to you but as I am now in South Africa I am sure you have better access to UK records than me. I am a member of GOONS but I see you already have contacted the Boxall researcher. Anyway…"
"Hi John, could the following be him
NICHOLLS Ernest Alfred : Service Number - 6408 : Place of Birth - London England : Place of Enlistment - Melbourne VIC : Next of Kin - (Father) NICHOLLS Alfred ( record states Queens Rd Peckham )
If so, his war…"
I had no idea that she lived so long . Had I have known I would have tried to find her earlier. All I need to trace now are her children (my Cousins) You certainly are very quick off the mark and I thank you for it. All the best John"
Thanks so much for trying John, I appreciate your efforts and I'm pleased that I was able to help you a little. Being very much an amatuer, it's very satisfiying when I have a small victory! Now, if only my own researching was as co-operative...take care, Lyn
Hi John, below is the transcript from one of the exhibits. If you follow the two hyperlinks below, they should take you directly to the War Memorial site. You may like to search that site further for more information about Ernest. regards Lyn.
This tin belonged to Ernest Alfred Nicholls. Nicholls was born in London. In his youth he performed with the 'Carrie Laurie's Juveniles' on London's Piers. He immigrated to Australia where he worked as a film operator in picture theatres. Nicholls enlisted on 26 July 1916, aged 26 years. 6408 Private Nicholls embarked with the 20th reinforcements of the 8th Battalion on board HMAT Euripides from Melbourne on 11 September 1916. He arrived in England on 26 October and after a period of training, embarked for service in France, arriving at Etaples on 18 December 1916. He joined his battalion but on 23 February 1917 he was admitted to hospital with tonsillitis, eventually returning to England, where he remained for the rest of the war. Nicholls was a baritone and after his service in France, he became a member of a concert party at Perham Downs Camp, called the 'Perham Stars'. Through the remainder of the war they toured other camps and hospitals. He wrote 'Laughing Song' and co wrote the song, 'The Kit Inspection Hymn' with 2030 Staff Sergeant George William Waight, that was performed by the Perham Stars. They later became the first official Australian concert party called 'The Aussies'. Nicholls was discharged on 20 September 1919 in London. By 1926 he was back in Australia, living in Glenferrie, Victoria. In 1939 he married Elizabeth Mary Alice Rook in Sydney, NSW. During the Second World War he conducted the 'Sydney YWCA Open House Community Singing' for the troops for 16 months. After the war he was an acting member of the Gilbert and Sullivan society, Sydney Musical Society and a number of drama groups, including 'The Thespians'. He died at Milton, New South Wales on 13 May 1967.
I'm afraid I haven't much info for you concerning your Uncle Ernest. I did confirm both his death in Milton and Elizabeth's in Peak Hill but have not been able to find any descendants as yet. I did however, come across a page of the Australian War Memorial 'online' that mentioned a tin that was presented to Ernest post WW1. Seems it was donated for display at the memorial and there is a nice bit of information there. Maybe you already have this info? If not, let me know and I will post the link or the passage itself. Will keep looking for other info for you. Lyn