Ross Robert Nichols

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Aug 10, 1897

Born in Chatham, Ontario to William James and Anna Mae (nee Morden) Nichols.


Oct 6, 1915

Attested into the 70th Battalion in Essex, Ontario

Ø      Number 124044

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. W.J. Nichols, mother, 460 Queen St., Chatham, Ontario

o       This was later changed to read Eberts, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Tinsmith

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Baptist

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company


Dec 6, 1915

Absent from December 6 until December 11, 1915.


Apr 24, 1916

Embarked the RMS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia


May 5, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to Shorncliffe.


May 17, 1916

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital, Shorncliffe, diagnosed with Influenza.


May 26, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Epsom.


Jun 2, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital and TOS (Taken On Strength) the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) Folkestone.


Jun 4, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion, West Sandling.


Sep 10, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion.


Sep 11, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 48 reinforcements for the front and was TOS the 21st Battalion.


Oct 1, 1916

Left the CBD for the 2nd Entrenching Battalion.


Oct 4, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Albert as part of a draft of 46 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion.


Oct 5, 1916

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion to join his unit.


Oct 6, 1916

Private Nichols joined the 21st Battalion in billets in the town of Bouzencourt, France, south-west of Albert as part of a draft of 46 reinforcements that were required after the losses during the fighting at Courcelette.


Oct 23, 1916

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty.


Nov 12, 1916

Ceased to be attached to the 4th Field Company and rejoined the 21st Battalion in Brigade Reserve at Bully Grenay.


Dec 26, 1916

Proceeded on the Bombing Course.


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance on Vimy Ridge, Private Nichols received a bullet wound to his right leg and was sent to the Field Ambulance for treatment.


Apr 10, 1917

Transferred to the No. 13 General Hospital, Boulogne.


Apr 11, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Andrew

Admitted to the Clearing Hospital, Eastleigh. 

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital.


Apr 16, 1917

Transferred to the Holborn Military Hospital, Mitcham.


Jun 9, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Bromley.


Jun 11, 1917

Discharged from the convalescent hospital and attached to the St. Leonard’s Hospital for physical therapy and conditioning.


Jul 26, 1917

Discharged from the convalescent hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford.


Sep 17, 1917

Awarded 15 days Field Punishment #2 for drunkenness and improper dress.


Jul 18, 1918

Admitted to the No. 14, Canadian General Hospital, Eastbourne diagnosed with Impetigo.


Sep 13, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital.


Oct 12, 1918

Admitted to the Barnwell Military Hospital, Cambridge diagnosed with VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Oct 22, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Special Hospital, Witley.


Dec 13, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital.


Dec 27, 1918

On Command to Kinmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada.


Jan 11, 1919

Embarked the RMS Olympic in Southampton


Jan 17, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to London, Ontario.


Jan 20, 1919

Posted to the Casualty Company, Military District No. 1, London, Ontario.

Granted leave with subsistence until February 1, 1919.


Feb 8, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in London, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” would have been issued but the number is not recorded in the file

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge given as 460 Queen St., Chatham, Ontario

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 460 Queen St., Chatham, Ontario.


Apr 7, 1923

Married to Hilda Marie Merritt in Chatham, Ontario.  His occupation was listed as a mechanic and his residence was given as Detroit, Michigan, USA.


Jun 10, 1924

Daughter, Peggy Marie Nichols, was born in Chatham, Ontario.


Dec 30, 1951

Died in Detroit, Michigan and buried in the Gethsemane Cemetery, Detroit.


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