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

Date of Auction: 16th April 2020

Sold for £1,500

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,400

A Great War D.C.M. group of six awarded to Company Sergeant Major J. Nicholson, Royal Irish Rifles, later Labour Corps

Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (7374 C.S. Mjr: J. Nicholson. 7/R. Ir: Rif:); British War and Victory Medals (2-7374 W.O. Cl.2. J. Nicholson. R. Ir. Rif.); Defence Medal; Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (564621 C.S. Mjr. J. Nicholson. 23/Coy: Lab: C.); Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (7006273 W.O. Cl.II. J. Nicholson. R.U. Rif.) polished, minor edge bruise to DCM, good very fine and better (6) £1,000-£1,400


D.C.M. London Gazette 17 April 1918:
‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He carried in under fire a man who had been killed close to the enemy’s trenches, and thus prevented an identification from being obtained by the enemy. He organised a rescue party when some men were buried in a cellar which had been blown in. He set a splendid example of courage and energy throughout the operations.’

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

John Nicholson attested for the Royal Irish Rifles at Carrickfergus and served with them during the Great War on the Western Front as Company Sergeant Major, being awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1918. Transferring to the Labour Corps, he was awarded an Immediate Meritorious Service Medal as Company Sergeant Major of the 23rd Company, before returning to his old unit, and being awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal post-1922 with the Royal Ulster Rifles.