Henry Nicholas 1917 — Polderhoek, Belgium
Machine-gun crewman Henry Nicholas dashed ahead of his unit to attack an enemy position at Polderhoek Chateau in Belgium on December 3, 1917.
This fight, near the city of Ypres, followed the Battle of Passchendaele.
With a grenade, gun shots and a bayonet, and practically single-handed, he killed 12 and captured four enemy soldiers.
The New Zealanders secured a small advance in the bid to take Polderhoek Spur, before being withdrawn from the line. Their gains, however, were lost back to the Germans just nine days later.
Nicholas, a Christchurch carpenter who had been awarded the Military Medal earlier in the war, was killed 19 days before the armistice was announced on November 11, 1918.