William NICHOLLS

William NICHOLLS

Male 1870 - 1932  (62 years)Deceased

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  • Name William NICHOLLS  [1, 2, 3
    Born 4 Feb 1870  East Allington, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Census 2 Apr 1871  1 Earth Pit Avenue, South Shoebury, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age: 1 
    Military & Maritime 21 Jan 1884  Dover Castle, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Joined the Royal Artillery.

    Height: 4 feet, 10 inches
    Weight: 80 lbs (36kg)
    Chest: 26 1/4 inches
    Sallow complexion, brown eyes, brown hair.
    Distinguishing marks: Mole below left axilla, two scars on left leg.  
    Age: 14 
    Military & Maritime 29 Oct 1885  Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Appointed Trumpeter 
    Age: 15 
    Military & Maritime 28 Nov 1885  Crown Hill, Plymouth, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age: 15 
    Military & Maritime 13 Oct 1887  Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age: 17 
    Military & Maritime 6 Jun 1889  Herbert (Military) Hospital, Shooters Hill Road, Kidbrooke, Woolwich, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Invalided from Halifax, Nova Scotia, severe unfit for the service. 
    Age: 19 
    Military & Maritime 30 Jul 1889  Herbert (Military) Hospital, Shooters Hill Road, Kidbrooke, Woolwich, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Discharged from service on medical grounds. 
    Age: 19 
    Census 5 Apr 1891  8 Clarendon Place, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation: Scholar [Boarder] 
    Age: 21 
    Residence 3 May 1893  135 Clarendon Street, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William was living at this address when he received a telegram notifying him of his brother George's death in India. 
    Military & Maritime 28 Jun 1893 
    Official letter from the Secretary's Office or the Royal Hospital, Chelsea in London advising William he is entitled to a permanent pension of sixpence per day. 
    Age: 23 
    Census 31 Mar 1901  26 Vale View Road, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation: Harbour Contractors Diver's Attendant  
    Age: 31 
    Census 2 Apr 1911  26 Vale View Road, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation: Canteen Waiter 
    Age: 41 
    Military & Maritime 1915  19 Castlemount Road, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address given on William's Registration Card, issued under the National Registration Act of 1915. 
    Age: 35 
    Military & Maritime 14 Nov 1916  Box Cottage, Coxhill, Sibertswold, Dover, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address shown on William's Permit Book, required for him to access the town of Dover during the First World War. Occupation: Canteen Manager 
    Age: 46 
    Residence 28 Mar 1917  9 The Terrace, Sheperdswell, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The address William was living at when he acted as Informant on his mother Ellen's death certificate.  
    Died 9 Oct 1932  31 Monins Road, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Cause of Death: 1a Infective Endocarditis [4]
    Buried 11 Oct 1932  St Mary's Cemetery, Dover, Kent , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 4 siblings 
    Person ID I30  WILLIS01
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2016 

    Father Ancestors William NICHOLLS,   b. 1846,   d. 27 Jan 1877, Madras, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Mother Ancestors Ellen PYNE,   b. 1845, Blackawton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1917, 24 Winchelsea Terrace, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 01 Oct 1867  St Michael's Church, Blackawton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Children 5 children 
    Family ID F12  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Spouse / Partner Ancestors Susannah KINGSNORTH,   b. 30 Oct 1872, Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1938, 17 Chevalier Road, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 30 Oct 1895  Wesleyan Chapel, Preston Street, Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth NICHOLLS,   b. Dec 1897, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1925, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 27 years)
     2. Bertha Helen NICHOLLS,   b. 1 Feb 1900, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1983, St Albans, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +3. Dorothy Winifred NICHOLLS,   b. 9 Dec 1901, 26 Vale View Road, Dover, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1984, Buckland hospital, Dover, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     4. Kathleen May NICHOLLS,   b. 20 Jun 1903, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1980, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     5. Alice NICHOLLS,   b. 19 Jan 1905,   d. 21 Feb 1968, Wimbledon, Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     6. William Alfred Patrick NICHOLLS,   b. 24 Apr 1909,   d. 29 Jul 1982  (Age 73 years)
     7. Alfred T NICHOLLS,   b. 1 Jun 1911, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 May 1916, Box Cottage, Coxhill, Sibertswold, Dover, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2011 
    Family ID F13  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMilitary & Maritime - Appointed Trumpeter - 29 Oct 1885 - Dover, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary & Maritime - Age: 17 - 13 Oct 1887 - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary & Maritime - Address given on William's Registration Card, issued under the National Registration Act of 1915. - 1915 - 19 Castlemount Road, Dover, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - The address William was living at when he acted as Informant on his mother Ellen's death certificate. - 28 Mar 1917 - 9 The Terrace, Sheperdswell, Dover, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    A Biography of my Great Grandfather, William NICHOLLS (1870-1932)
    A Biography of my Great Grandfather, William NICHOLLS (1870-1932)
    Born in South Devon in 1870, by the time my great grandfather William was 10 years old he had already spent most of his life in India, where his father was in the Royal Artillery. His father died when William was just 7 years old, and after his mother remarried they returned to England. This is his story…
    Ellen Pyne - Matriarch & Military Wife
    Ellen Pyne - Matriarch & Military Wife
    From rural Devon, Ellen Gorman went on to lead a remarkable life, demonstrating an indomitable strength of character and perseverance to push on through life despite the ‘slings and arrows’ that life threw at her.

    Photos
    Wedding of William Nicholls and Susannah Kingsnorth, Faversham 1895.
    Wedding of William Nicholls and Susannah Kingsnorth, Faversham 1895.
    The Nicholls Family - c1920
    The Nicholls Family - c1920
    L>R: Bertha (20), Elizabeth (22), Willie (11), father William (50), mother Susannah (48), Kathleen (17), Dorothy (16) and Alice (15).
    William Nicholls, aged about 20 (1890)
    William Nicholls, aged about 20 (1890)
    William Nicholls (centre) with comrades from the Royal Artillery, probably taken around 1885.
    William Nicholls (centre) with comrades from the Royal Artillery, probably taken around 1885.
    William Nicholls, aged about 20 (1890)
    William Nicholls, aged about 20 (1890)
    William Nicholls & Susannah Kingsnorth, mid-1890s.
    William Nicholls & Susannah Kingsnorth, mid-1890s.
    William Nicholls and staff at the Shorncliffe Camp Canteen, Folkestone, November 1911
    William Nicholls and staff at the Shorncliffe Camp Canteen, Folkestone, November 1911
    The rear of this postcard, postmarked 'Shorncliffe Camp BO, Folkestone' and dated 9.15pm Nov 11, 1911, reads:
    My Dear Sue, So glad to hear that you are much better. Hope you will soon be alright. What do you think of this card on the other side. We are very busy digging out. Will come home as soon as I can. From your loving Will.
    Addressed to…

    Documents
    William NICHOLLS - Probate document, dated 23 Nov 1932 [front]
    William NICHOLLS - Probate document, dated 23 Nov 1932 [front]
    Upon his death in 1932, William's estate amounted to £239, 5 shillings and 9 pence.
    According to the website www.measuringworth.com, this is the equivalent in wealth to around £14,840.00 in 2014.
    William NICHOLLS - Probate document, dated 23 Nov 1932 [reverse]
    William NICHOLLS - Probate document, dated 23 Nov 1932 [reverse]

    Census Records
    1871 - NICHOLLS, William & Ellen [Pyne]
    1871 - NICHOLLS, William & Ellen [Pyne]
    1871 Census return for William & Ellen Nicholls at Earth Pit Row, South Shoebury, Rochford, Essex, England
    1891 - NICHOLLS, William
    1891 - NICHOLLS, William
    1901 - NICHOLLS William & Susannah [KINGSNORTH]
    1901 - NICHOLLS William & Susannah [KINGSNORTH]
    1911 - NICHOLLS, William & Susannah [NICHOLS]
    1911 - NICHOLLS, William & Susannah [NICHOLS]
    1911 Census return for William & Susannah Nicholls at 26 Vale View Road, Dover, Kent, England

    Military & Maritime
    William NICHOLLS - 'Telephony exam certificate' - 25 Feb 1904
    William NICHOLLS - 'Telephony exam certificate' - 25 Feb 1904
    'Certificate Royal Garrison Artillery Specialist
    No 6294 Sergeant Nicholls W (1st C P) passed a very good examination in Telephony on 25th February 1904 and is qualified to act as a Telephonist'
    William NICHOLLS - WW1 ID card [cover]
    William NICHOLLS - WW1 ID card [cover]
    William NICHOLLS - WW1 ID card [inside]
    William NICHOLLS - WW1 ID card [inside]

    BMD Records
    BIRTH - NICHOLLS, William - 1870
    BIRTH - NICHOLLS, William - 1870
    DEATH - NICHOLLS, William - 1932
    DEATH - NICHOLLS, William - 1932
    MARRIAGE - NICHOLLS, William & KINGSNORTH, Elizabeth - 1895
    MARRIAGE - NICHOLLS, William & KINGSNORTH, Elizabeth - 1895

    Letters
    Telegram addressed to William Nicholls, May 3rd 1893
    Telegram addressed to William Nicholls, May 3rd 1893
    The telegram was sent from Dartmouth on 3 May 1893 at 9.52am and addressed to William Nicholls at 135 Clarendon Street, Dover. The details of the sender are unknown. The telegram simply reads: 'Had a letter this morning your brother George is dead.'

    George died on 20 January 1893 from Typhoid whilst stationed with the Royal Artillery in…

    Newspapers
    DOVER VOLUNTEER FORCE BAND
    DOVER VOLUNTEER FORCE BAND
    These handsome lads are members of the band of the Dover Volunteer Force, pictured about the turn of the century, thinks Miss Kathleen Nicholls, who is the daughter of the accordian player seated on the left of the centre.

    Miss Nicholls, of Athol Terrace, Dover tells me her father joined the regular army in 1884 as a 14-year-old boy and was…
    Dover Express, 4 July 1902
    Dover Express, 4 July 1902
    1st Cinque Ports Royal Garrison Artillery (Volunteers), Nos 1, 2 and 3 Companies. - Orders for the week ending July 12th, 1902. Monday, 6pm., Archcliffe Fort, 5in b.l. gun drill; Tuesday, 5.30pm, at Western Heights, carbine practice; Thursday, 6pm, Archcliffe Fort, 3pr quick-firing drill. On duty for the week: Lieut W A H Saul, Sergt W Nicholls,…
    Dover Express - 8 September 1899
    Dover Express - 8 September 1899
    1st Cinque Ports Volunteer Artillery (Eastern Division RA) - 2 and 3 Companies orders for the week ending 16th September, 1899 - Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, at 6pm sharp, at Archcliffe Fort, 10-inch R.M.L. drill; Thursday, at 12.43pm at Priory Station, for Interstation Carbine Contest at Sandwich, undress uniform. On duty for the week,…

    Portraits
    NICHOLLS, William
    NICHOLLS, William

    Albums
    NICHOLLS, William - Attestation Papers - 21 Jan 1884
    NICHOLLS, William - Attestation Papers - 21 Jan 1884 (7)

  • Notes 
    • In the 1901 Census William (and his step-father, John Gorman) list their occupation as 'Harbour Contractor's Diver's Attendant'.

      It was the attendant's job to look after the diver he was engaged by, to assist him with the putting on of his elaborate equipment, watch him go down below the surface of the water in the diving bell, and then to stand by in readiness to deal with any signal made to him by the man who had vanished from his sight. Sometimes the diver made his descent from an anchored vessel, generally a ketch known as a 'diver's boat, and sometimes from the edge of a pier, or other structure overlooking the spot where work was being taken in hand.

  • Sources 
    1. [S02] **1871 England Census, Class: RG10; Piece: 1670; Folio: 67; Page: 24; GSU roll: 829958.
      Name: William NichollsBirth Date: abt 1870Birth Place: Blackawton, Devon, EnglandResidence Date: 1871Residence Place: South Shoebury, Essex, England
      http://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=uki1871&h=13217237&ti=5538&indiv=try

    2. [S04] **1901 England Census, Class: RG13; Piece: 843; Folio: 23; Page: 37.
      Name: William NelhollsBirth Date: abt 1870Birth Place: Blackawton, Devon, EnglandResidence Date: 1901Residence Place: Dover, Kent, England

    3. [S05] **1891 England Census, Class: RG12; Piece: 746; Folio 67; Page 16; GSU roll: 6095856.
      Name: William NichollsBirth Date: abt 1868Birth Place: Blachunton, Devon, EnglandResidence Date: 1891Residence Place: Hougham, Kent, England
      http://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=uki1891&h=22262506&ti=5538&indiv=try

    4. [S73] CERTIFICATE: Death [GRO].

    5. [S18] FreeBMD - Marriage Index: 1837-1983, Kingsbridge v5b p399 (Reliability: 2).

    6. [S72] CERTIFICATE: Marriage [GRO] (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S72] CERTIFICATE: Marriage [GRO].