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Advice was received to-day of the death in action, in what all hope was one of the last days of the war, of the ony Christchurch soldier to have won the Victoria Cross in the present war. The young hero, Sergeant Henry James Nicholas —who was a private when he won the coveted cross “For Valour” —was the second son of Mr and Mrs R. Nicholas, of 35 Berry Street, St. Albans. I lie was born 26 years ago at Lm- ' coin, but his parents moved into Christchurch before he became of school age, and he received his schooling at the East Christchurch School and the Normal School. He took up the trade of a carpenter, and was apprenticed to Mr C. Martin, builder, of St. Albans, and when his indentures were up he worked at his trade in different parts of Canterbury for a few months, and then

journeyed across to Australia, when he remained for about four years He returned to his native place soor after the outbreak of war, and aftei working here for a short time he donned khaki, volunteering with tin 13th Reinforcement. Private Nicho las was at the front with the lsl Battalion, Canterbury Regiment, foi over two years, having all along escaped wounds and ill-health. Sergeant Nicholas was an enthusiastic and very capable amateui boxer,, being a pupil of Dick Mayze He was well known in the amateui rinu in Canterbury, and also in Aus tralia, and while he was at Slini Camp he won the middle-weigh boxing championship for his regi inent. Sergeant Nicholas, before his en lislment, was a member of the Terri torial Force, serving with No. 1 Fielc Com] any, New Zealand Engineers He had two brothers who hav« served their country. The eldest Fredrick, was a Main Body man, win fought and was wounded on Galli noli, and subsequently returned t< New Zealand, where he was (lis charred. His brother Ernest, wh is Mr and Mrs Nicholas's third son, left with the 12th Reinforcement, and saw service in Egypt and France.

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V.C. HERO KILLED., Sun, Volume V, Issue 1479, 8 November 1918

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V.C. HERO KILLED. Sun, Volume V, Issue 1479, 8 November 1918

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