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

Date of Auction: 16th April 2020

Sold for £700

Estimate: £700 - £900

A scarce 1919 Great War D.S.M. group of five awarded to Yeoman of Signals R. J. Nicholson, Royal Navy, for services in the Mine Clearance Force

Distinguished Service Medal, G.V.R. (225008. R. J. Nicholson. Yeo. Sigs. “Bagshot” Black Sea & Aegean 1919) surname partially officially corrected; 1914-15 Star (225008, R. J. Nicholson, L. Sig., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (225008. R. J. Nicholson. L. Sig. R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 2nd issue, fixed suspension (225008. R. J. Nicholson, Ldg. Sig. H.M.S. Blenheim.) contact marks, nearly very fine (5) £700-£900


D.S.M. London Gazette 8 March 1920:
‘For services in the Mine Clearance Force.’

Richard James Nicholson was born in Gosport, Hampshire, on 18 August 1887, and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Signaller on 24 January 1902. Advanced Leading Signalman on 1 October 1909, he served during the Great War in H.M.S. Buttercup, before transferring to H.M.S. Bagshot for service in the Mine Clearance Force on 8 June 1919. For his services with the Mine Clearance Force he was awarded the D.S.M., one of the very last awards made for the Great War, and a scarce gallantry award given for services after the Armistice. Rated Yeoman Signaller between 11 August 1919 and 14 March 1920, he was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 6 January 1921, and was shore pensioned on 27 August 1927.