Henry Ni­cholas 1917 — Polder­hoek, Bel­gium

The New Zealand Herald - - News -

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.

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