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

Date of Auction: 16th April 2020

Sold for £480

Estimate: £500 - £700

A Great War M.M. and M.S.M. group of seven awarded to Company Sergeant-Major Herbert H. Nicholson, Lincolnshire Regiment, late Royal Scots, York and Lancaster Regiment and Labour Corps

Military Medal, G.V.R. (27603 Sjt.-A.C.S. Mjr. H. H. Nicholson 47/Coy: Lab: C.); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Belfast (No. 4320 Sergt. H. H. Nicholson. 1st Bn. The Royal Scot..) renamed; King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (No. 4320 Sergt. H. H. Nicholson. 1st Bn. The Royal Scots.) renamed; 1914-15 Star (3518 Sjt. H. H. Nicholson. York & Lanc. R.); British War and Victory Medals (31541 A.W.O. Cl. 2. H. H. Nicholson. Linc. R.) partial loss of naming to both medals; Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (27603 Sjt. H. H. Nicholson. 47/Coy: Lab: C.) all medals heavily polished and worn (7) £500-£700


M.M. London Gazette 20 August 1919.

M.S.M. London Gazette 18 January 1919.

Sold with a large Normanton Urban District Council illuminated testimonial Certificate, recording the award of both the M.M. and M.S.M., mounted in a heavy wooden glazed display frame; a Post Card portrait photograph; and two news cuttings, one announcing his death and another celebrating ‘Local Heroes’ which reads:

Company Sergeant Major Bert Nicholson, Normanton, awarded Meritorious Service Medal, Military Medal, and twice mentioned in despatches.
Company Sergeant Major Bert Nicholson, of Princess-street, Normanton, has this week been notified by the War Office that he has been awarded the Military Medal, for which he was recommended as the result of a particularly smart piece of work in March, 1918. He is an old soldier, having enlisted in the Royal Scots Regt. in 1892. The following year he was sent out to India, and served through the whole South African campaign from 1899 to 1902, being badly wounded in the leg. When the present war broke out he volunteered for service in 1914, and was sent out to the Dardanelles in 1915, taking part in the Suvla Bay landing, during which he was wounded. After being in hospital for some time he was invalided home as unfit for further service, but was recalled and sent out to France in March 1917. When the Armistice was declared he was in the line at Mons. C.S.M. Nicholson, who was in the 6th Batt. York and Lancs. until he was demobilised a short time ago, is a native of Spofforth, and he is very well known in the Harrogate district, especially in theatrical circles. For many years he was employed at the Palace, High-street, Normanton, in the days when Mr Dobite was manager, and he has also taken charge of large theatrical enterprises in London and the provinces. In the recent campaign, in addition to receiving the M.M., he was also awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, and has been twice mentioned in despatches. He is at present employed on the railway at Normanton.’

Herbert Henry Nicholson died at Bradford on 8 March 1939, aged 66.

Note: No record has been found of his wound in the Boer War, nor of his mentions in the Great War.