Norman "Nick" Nicholson

Nov 10, 1874

Born in Hamilton, Ontario to Donald and Ellen (nee Chisholm) Nicholson


Aug 1, 1915

Transferred to the 76th Battalion CEF from the 91st Regiment, Canadian Highlanders


Aug 2, 1915

Lieutenant Nicholson attended the School of Musketry in Rockcliffe, Ontario


Aug 17, 1915

Rejoined the 76th Battalion from course


Aug 21, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Ø  Rank Lieutenant

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. C.W. Graham, sister, 53 Markland St., Hamilton, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Gentleman

Ø  Previous military experience given as Subaltern in the 91st Regiment Canadian Highlanders

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “B” Company


Sep 30, 1915

Posted to the battalion’s first draft as a last minute replacement for an officer who resigned his Commission.  The draft boarded a train for Toronto to make a connection for travel to Montreal


Oct 1, 1915

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Montreal, Quebec as part of the battalion’s 1st Draft



Oct 10, 1915

Disembarked in Portsmouth, England and proceeded to West Sandling where the draft was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Nov 11, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Appendicitis


Dec 16, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Dec 20, 1915

Admitted to the West Cliff Eye & Ear Hospital in Folkestone with a diagnosis that reads Bronchitis and Appendicitis


Jan 8, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jan 11, 1916

Medical Board declares him unfit for duty for 2 months due to a relapse of his Bronchitis


Feb 11, 1916

Medical Board in Shorncliffe notes

Ø  Man suffered from Appendicitis and Bronchitis but has since recovered

Ø  Patient complains of Palpitations when excited or on exertion

Ø  Board declares unfit for duty for 1 month


Mar 11, 1916

Medical Board declares him fit for general duty


May 3, 1916

Admitted to the Helena Military Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Neuralgia and Debility


Jun 15, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 20, 1916

Proceeded on the 12th Officer’s Course at the Canadian Military School


Oct 4, 1916

Passed the 12th Officer’s Course


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion, it was moved to Seaford to train reinforcements for the front


Mar 3, 1917

Qualified as 1st Class Instructor 33rd Rifle Party at Eastern Command School of Musketry in Musketry and Mechanics of Lewis Gun


Nov 23, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Nov 24, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 25 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 8,1917

After leaving the base depot, Lieutenant Nicholson joined the 21st Battalion resting in the Cellars Camp, near Neuville St. Vaast, France and was posted to “A” Company.  He was later posted to the Headquarters Section with an added duty as the Officer’s Mess President


Jan 19, 1918

Proceeded on course


Jan 28, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from course


Mar 6, 1918

Appointed as Entraining Officer


Jun 20, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jul 6, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 13, 1918

Crossed the Bonn Bridge with the 21st Battalion to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force



Dec 23, 1918

When the 21st Battalion Colours were returned to the battalion, Lieutenant Nicholson was a Standard Bearer when the Colours were escorted across the Bonn Bridge to be reunited with the battalion


Jan 6, 1919

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 14, 1919

Admitted to the Grove Military Hospital in Tooting Grove while on leave with a diagnosis that reads Scabies


Jan 18, 1919

Discharged from hospital


Jan 20, 1919

Granted a 10 day extension to his leave


Feb 10, 1919

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England proceeded to Witley pending return to Canada


Apr 12, 1919

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jun 23, 1919

Embarked the SS Belgic in Liverpool



Jul 1, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario


Jul 4, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Lieutenant

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 53 Markland St., Hamilton, Ontario

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 53 Markland St., Hamilton


Aug 19, 1935

Norman Nicholson died of a Coronary Thrombosis brought on by Arterio Sclerosis while a patient of the Hamilton General Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario and interred in the Hamilton Cemetery

Below is from the 21st Battalion Communique's
January 1936 issue


At the time of his death, he was employed by the Buntin Gillies Co. Ltd., wholesale paper importer as a salesman.  He had been at work 2 days prior to his death


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