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Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

I read Ivan Little's article about Rifleman William Nicholl (Life, August 24) with great interest, but was surprised by the closing comments of his grandson about his medals and his regimental number.

The register for the 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles lists two men called Nicholl with Leggagh Street as the address of their next-of-kin - W Nicholl (Regimental Number 19/14) and J Nicholl (Regimental Number 19/484).

Both men originally enlisted with the 19th (Reserve) Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and were deployed to the 14th Battalion on the Western Front after December 31, 1915 - the medal entitlement records associated with those regimental numbers identify the men's forename as William and John respectively and confirm service with 14th Battalion.

Both men were entitled to receive the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

William Nicholl enlisted on November 18, 1915 and was discharged due to wounds on November 28, 1918 with Silver War Badge Number B48526.

The Great War Ulster Newspaper Archive that is managed by John McCormick and myself not only includes the image of William Nicholl published with the article, but also a picture of John Nicholl.

The archive contains 14,200-plus images of service personnel from local newspapers and a list of the names can be viewed at www.greatwarbelfastclippings.com.

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Nigel Henderson

Great War researcher History Hub Ulster

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