1st Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment
Officers, N.C.O.s and Men of the 1st Battalion, Buried in Kandahar Farm Cemetery

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Lieutenant (Captain) Huntly Warwick NICHOLSON

Date of Death:
17 November 1914 (Killed in Action)
Grave No:
I. C. 11.
1st Battalion

Personal History:
Capt Nicholson was born in Stonehouse, Devon in March quarter 1889, the eldest son of Robert Howard Nicholson (a Royal Naval Officer - Staff Surgeon) and Beatrice Susanna Nicholson, later of "Aulay," Kidbrook Grove, Blackheath, London.

In 1891 he was living his mother and younger brother, Douglas, at the home of his grandfather, John Wenman Warwick Green, a retired Royal Naval Officer (Fleet Paymaster), at 49 Kingston Crescent, Portsea, Portsmouth. (1891 Census RG 12/855). Huntley's paternal grandfather was in the army, Captain Huntley Nicholson.

In 1900 a third brother, Arthur L., was born when the family were in Linlithgow, Scotland. In 1901 the family was living at 7 Viewforth Terrace, Aberdour, Fife, Scotland. (CSSCT1901_129) There is no record of Huntly marrying.

Military History:
Currently his Army records are unavailable. His Medal Index Card shows that he entered France as part of the BEF in 1914 and was killed in action on the 17th November.  On that day the Battalion was in trenches at Ypres and the War Diary records:

"Battalion in trenches, started with exceptionally heavy shell fire followed by an infantry attack which however was easily repulsed."

What is unclear is whether or not Lieutenant or Captain Nicholson was serving with the Cheshire Regiment or the 2nd Manchesters at the time. He is not named among the Cheshire's complement of Officers in the draft leaving for the front in August 1914. Neither does his name appear in the Regimental War Diary, either joining as a replacement or named as a casualty.

In the various literatures associated with the battalion at this time he is not named as a casualty and is not named by Crookenden, the front page of his Medal Index Card suggests some movement between the two Regiments and on the back page there is a notation that the Record Office at Preston had forwarded a list of Officers of the 2nd Manchester Regiment eligible for the 1914 Star.

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The churchyard contains 443 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 7 of which are 'Known Unto God'. (218 from the UK; 6 Canadian; 186 Australian and 33 from New Zealand) + 3 German.

The Commonwealth troops held this sector and therefore used the Cemetery up to April 1918, when it fell under German control, but was recovered in early September 1918 and used again.

Two men of the original 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment are buried in this Cemetery.

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Captain Nicholson
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Sergeant 7721 Alfred McDERMOTT (A.R.)
(Served as: 7721 Alfred MACK)

Date of Death:
31 January 1915 (Killed in Action)
Grave No:
I. D. 15.
'D' Company

Personal History:
Alfred was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire in the September quarter 1874, the eldest son of Henry (Tailor) and Catherine McDermott, of Burnley. He had four younger siblings John, Catherine, Albert and Annie (1881 Census, RG 11/4154) In 1881 he was employed as an Iron Moulder.

Military History:
Alfred enlisted in the Cheshire Regiment at Chester. Currently his Army records are unavailable, no doubt destroyed in Second World War bombing.  However, from his enlistment date and in comparison to others, he would probably have enlisted in the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion in June 1907. Probably he transferred to the 1st Battalion at the end or during this service.

He was a Regular Soldier serving with the 1st Battalion at the outbreak of War and his Medal Card confirms that he entered France on 16th August 1914.

He would have fought on the right of the line at Audregnies on 24th August 1914 under Captains Jones and Rich and survived the subsequent fighting at La Bassée and Ypres.

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Sgt McDermott's Medal Index Card
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