Awaiting Commemoration – Pte 33217 George Thomas Nichols. 27th Bttn Manchester Regiment. Died 3/6/1920

This post commemorates a man who died in 1920, due to Tuberculosis aggravated by his service in the Army.  Identified as an omission by Mack on the Manchesters forum, the research has produced a package of records that In From The Cold Project are using for George Nichols to be recognised as a casualty of the Great War.

George Nichols enlisted for General Service in the Manchester Regiment, at Oldham on 14th February 1916, aged 36 years and 25 days. He received the Regimental Number 33217 and was posted to the 27th (Reserve) Battalion on 15th February.

George had been born in Saddleworth in January 1879. The son of George and Mary Nichols.  George had been employed as a Labourer at the time of his enlistment, previously a Blanket Factory worker, Railway Servant and Stoker.  He had married Mary Baker at St Chad’s Rochdale in 1904.  The couple had five surviving children in 1920 – born 1904-1919 and lived at Bell Yard, Delph, near Saddleworth, Yorkshire.

George never served overseas and he was discharged with a Silver War Badge, due to sickness on 20th June 1916.  He also received a Pension due to Tuberculosis (TB), aggravated by service. A review in 1919 found George still had 30% disablement due to TB.

George died at home in Delph from Pulmonary TB and Laryngeal Exhaustion on 3rd June 1920, aged 40.  Mary Nichols received a Widows Pension of 40/ per week for herself and the children.  The family moved to 13 Derwent Street, Oldham in the early 1920s.

In common with many men who died after discharge from the Army, George’s grave was not commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Pension Index Cards were recently published and these sometimes enable the cause of discharge to be identified with the cause of death.  For an individual to be commemorated after discharge, it needs to be shown that they died from a condition attributable to, or aggravated by military service.  George’s Pension Cards confirm the TB was aggravated by service and the Dependents Card indicates TB as the cause of death.

The cause of death was confirmed by George’s Death Certificate and an Application is being made via IFCP, through the Ministry on Defence, for George to be categorised as a casualty of the Great War.  If / when this is successful, the case will be passed to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for Commemoration.

UPDATE 1. Mike Buckley of Saddleworth Historical Society found the burial record to show that George is buried in Delph Independent Chapelyard.  Sadly the grave cannot be identified.


Pension Index Cards
Medal Index Cards
Medal Rolls
Silver War Badge Roll
Service Record
Pension Record
Manchester Burial Records
National Roll of the Great War
British Library National Newspaper Archive. Crown Copyright
Great thanks for invaluable help from:-
In From The Cold Project Terry and Chris for patient corrections to innacurate reports.
Manchester Regiment Forum Particularly Mack for help identifying Norman’s and reviewing non-commemorations.

Apologies if I’ve missed anyone. Please let me know.




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