NICHOLAS, John Harry
Royal Armoured Corps Yorkshire Hussars
Tuesday, October 7, 1941
Died on active service
Roll of Honour:
Trooper John Harry Nicholas died of malaria during an escape from a prisoner of war camp in Greece.
He is mentioned in the Military Medal recommendation for Cpl. John Coutts, also of 52ME Commando. They had both escaped along with a third man, Cpl. Ward, from a Prisoner of War Camp at Salonika, Greece. Cpl. Coutts [more....] had been captured at Sphakia on 1st June 1941. After the escape they made their way down to the Agion Oros penninsular. Trooper Nicholas became ill with malaria and through weakness and lack of medical attention died on 7th October 1941 *.
He had joined the Commando on the 1st November 1940.
* National Archives file WO373/61/945.
Tank Museum archives re Cdo service
Westminster Abbey Commando Roll of Honour file ref. National Archives DEFE/2/843.
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