NICHOLAS Francis Harry Alfred
Regiment : 55 Squadron Royal Air Force
Service number : 563273
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 15th July 1940 aged 26
Buried : Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, Egypt, Grave 11. F. 9.
Relatives : Son of Harry George and Eva Ellen Nicholas, of Pershore, Worcestershire
Memorial : Pershore Abbey
Additional information on the memorial: Royal Air Force
Appears on the Royal Air Force casualties list for Worcestershire as Harry Francis Alfred Nicholas.
The birth of Harry F. A. Nicholas is registered in the September Quarter 1913 under the Pershore Registration District, mother’s maiden name Bromage.
The following report appears in Berrow’s Worcester Journal, Saturday 20th July 1940:
Killed in Action
Sgt.-Observer Frank Nicholas
Mr and Mrs H.G. Nicholas, of Defford Road, Pershore, have been officially informed that their son and only child, Sergeant-Observer Harry Francis Alfred (Frank) Nicholas, of the R.A.F., had been killed in action. The same day in the casualty lists his Pilot Officer, Michael Fox, a son of Fred Fox, the we-known former jockey, with whom Sergt. Nicholas had been associated in flying with for a considerable period, and to whom he was greatly attached, was also notified as killed in action.
Sergt.-Observer Frank Nicholas was the last surviving male descendant of an old Pershore family, builders and contractors for more than a century in the town, where numerous relatives still reside. He was a nephew of Messrs. F. J. Nicholas, Clerk to the Pershore R.D.C.- who, in the Great War, joined the Inns of Court O.T.C., and was commissioned in the Gloucestershire Regiment after being wounded – and A. J. Nicholas, chief clerk in Messrs. March and Edwards solicitors’ offices at Pershore. He was the grandson of the late Police Inspector A. Bromage, who died a short time ago. His father, Mr H. G. Nicholas, was attached to the R.A.F. in the Great War,, and served in the Army of Occupation in Germany. Sergeant Nicholas passed his examination for the Air Force from Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Evesham, 11 and a half years ago, and completed his training at Halton, where in 1931 he was awarded a life-saving certificate and medal. He had seen service in many parts of the world. He spent every holiday at his home in Pershore, and was well-known and popular in the district.