Edward, Bruce and Victor Hills Nicholson
DescriptionEdward, Bruce and Victor were the first, third and fourth of the four sons of Alfred and Letitia Nicholson of Glebelands, Wokingham. Alfred was a successful stock broker.
Edward was born in Twickenham in 1880. He received his commission in the Royal Fusiliers in 1900, served in the South African War and was awarded the King's and Queen's Medals with five clasps. In April 1912 he married Ethel and they had one son, Guy born 2nd February 1914. After the start of the Great War he was employed as Adjutant of the East India Railway. He served in France in September 1915 then Salonika in October where he remained for 2 years. He was mentioned in despatches three times and awarded the DSO. On 4th October 1918, at 38 years old, he was killed whilst commanding the Royal Fusiliers, 3rd Battalion near Le Catelet. He is buried in Aisne, France.
Bruce was born on 30th November 1893 in Wokingham. He joined the Royal Fusiliers and was attached to the 4th Battalion when he landed in France in August 1914. He fought in France throughout the war and attained the rank of Lieutenant. He was killed on 3rd May 1917 in the Arras offensive. Although he has no known grave, he is commemorated on the Arras memorial to the missing.
Victor was born in Wokingham on the 12th May 1897. After training at the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth he was appointed Midshipman in 1914. He served on HMS Marlborough in the Battle of Jutland. He was promoted to Sub-Lieutenant and served also on HMS Tigress and later on HMS Recruit. He was killed in action when the Recruit was torpedoed on 9th August 1917. His senior officer when writing to his mother said “May I say how fond I was of your son: he was such a cheerful soul and such a competent officer. From the day he joined the Recruit I have never had to worry when he was on watch at sea, as he was so smart and quick”.
Their poor mother had thus lost three sons in the war. Two of her three daughters went on to have families of their own and her fourth son (Walter) survived his Great War service in the Royal Fusiliers only to be killed serving in the RAF in the Second World War in 1943. Their parents are buried in All Saints Churchyard and the sons' names are inscribed on the base of their memorial cross.
“Edward, Bruce and Victor Hills Nicholson,” Wokingham's Virtual Museum, accessed February 21, 2020, https://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/museum/document/WTH0392.
DateEdward Hills Nicholson
d. 4th October 1918
Bruce Hills Nicholson
d. 3rd May 1917
Victor Hills Nicholson
d. 9th August 1917