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PostSubject: Private Nicholas any Infomation ?   Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:53 pm

What infomation is there on this man?

What Battalion or Company was he?

I ask because on Sunday i held the rifle he used at Isandlwana.



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PostSubject: Re: Private Nicholas any Infomation ?   Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:39 pm

Be very careful here:
25B/625 Pte. Edward Nicholas 1/24th kia Rorke's Drift, gunshot through the head
25B/648 Pte. Walter Nicholas 1/24th kia Isandhlwana
Which man's rifle was it, I wonder, where is it, was it really his, and how do you know it was his?
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PostSubject: Re: Private Nicholas any Infomation ?   Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:21 pm

Hi

The rifle belongs to 648 Nicholas.

There are markings on the gun that idenitify this was his rifle.

It was lost at Isandlwana and taken by the Zulus, it was then retaken at Kambula.


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PostSubject: Pvt . Nicholas any information ?   Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:24 am

Hi DB14 .
This isnt foolproof info on Nicholas but he does get a mention in this print which I have by Jason Askew , thought you may be interested . The caption at the bottom of the print depicts Pvt . Nicholas as the soldier in the slight right of middle , wearing the Blue Flannel shirt after he has been speared by an Assegai . The Print is titled ' The Death Of Private Williams VC. ' 22nd January 1879
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ps. Scroll down to the last print .
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PostSubject: Re: Private Nicholas any Infomation ?   Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:49 pm

Enlisted at Newport, Monmouthshire 4.10.1875, aged 18 years. Effects recorded for claim by next-of-kin. South Africa Medal with clasp 1877--8-9.
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PostSubject: Re: Private Nicholas any Infomation ?   Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:23 pm

Hi 90th and Mr Whybra

Thanks for the infomation, it makes holding his rifle all the more special.



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PostSubject: Re: Private Nicholas any Infomation ?   Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:21 am

Questions for you:
What were the markings on the rifle?
In which archive are those markings recorded against the name of Pte. W. Nicholas?
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