Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
26 Nov 1918
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Gunner Percival (Percy) Chase Nicholls, 220919, 291st Brigade Royal Field Artillery, died from pneumonia in the 51st Casualty Clearing Station at Tournai in Belgium on November 26th, 1918.
Two days previously, parents Walter and Lilla Nicholls had received a postcard from their second son to say to was unwell but hoped to soon mend. Chest trouble developed rapidly, resulting in his death.
Percy joined up at Biscot in 1916 and went to France. He was wounded at Messines in June 1917 and was brought to England for treatment at York Hospital. He returned to France the following September following recovery.
Five weeks before his death he was on home leave and in the best of health, hoping peace would soon come.
Percy had been a scholar at the Union Chapel Sunday School in Luton. At the time of the 1911 Census he was described as a grocer's assistant working in his father's shop then at 138 Park Street.
He is commemorated on the Luton Roll of Honour/War Memorial and in the Book of Life compiled at Luton Parish Church.