Regiment : 5th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers attached 164th Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Service number : C0
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 31st July 1917 aged 27
Buried : Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, Panel 22.
Relatives : Son of Joseph and Emily Nichols, of Furlong Cottage, Hagley, Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Memorial : Dudley War Memorial
Also appears on : Worcester Kings School WW1 Memorial. Worcester Cathedral Cloister Windows Kings School. Dudley Grammar School now Castle High School.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral under Dudley casualties.
Captain, Machine Gun Corps
Born, April 20, 1890. Fell in France, July 31, 1917
Clifford Nichols was the second son of Mr. J. Nichols, J. P., manager of Lloyds Bank, Dudley. He came to Castle House from the Grammar School, Dudley, January, 1904, entering the Third Form. Keen and industrious he quickly reached the Fifth Form, and on passing the Chartered Accountant Exam in 1906, joined the firm of Price, Waterhouse & Co., of London. He joined the Army in November, 1914, being gazetted to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, promotion followed rapidly, and he soon became Captain and Adjutant. In 1915, he transferred to the M.G.C., hoping to see active service more quickly. He went through the battle of Arras and came back on leave in July last, when he brought his fiancee to see his old school. He was a universal favourite, a delightful companion, and an enthusiastic O.V., and leaves a wide circle of friends to lament his passing. He was a keen sportsman, well known in Midland Hockey and Golfing Circles, frequently representing his own County and the Midland Counties team. A brother officer writes: “The Empire mourns the loss of a gallant gentleman and splendid man.”
W. H. C.
Source for additional information: The Vigornian, November 1917, No.90, Vol.VIII
Clifford Nichols has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.