A Collection of Medals formed by the Reverend Canon Nigel Nicholson, OStJ, DL

Date of Auction: 16th April 2020

Sold for £300

Estimate: £240 - £280

A Great War O.B.E. pair to Major T. B. Nicholson, West India Regiment, late Lumsden’s Horse

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 1st type breast badge, silver, hallmarks for London 1918; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Johannesburg (166 Tpr: T. B. Nicholson, Lumsden’s Horse) last with edge bruising, good very fine (2) £240-£280


Provenance: Dix Noonan Webb, June 2002.

O.B.E. London Gazette 3 June 1919.

Thomas Brinsley Nicholson was a coffee planter from Yercand. He served in the Boer War as a Trooper in Lumsden’s Horse, being present in the actions at Karee Siding, Houtnek, Vet River and Zand River, together with those around Johannesburg and Pretoria. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the West India Regiment in July 1900 and was promoted Lieutenant the following year. He was appointed Lieutenant and Adjutant of the 2nd battalion W.I.R. in Sierra Leone in 1904, attaining the rank of Captain in 1913. In the Great War he served on the staff of the Governor-General of Jamaica as Deputy Assistant Adjutant and Quarter Master General. Promoted Major in 1919, he received the O.B.E. for his war services.