Lieutenant William Montague Nicholls was an American officer of the British Army who died during the First World War.

He was born on 1 December 1891, in Spartanburg, the son of Judge George Williams and Mary ("Minnie") Lavinia Nicholls.[1] The younger Nicholls studied firstly at 'The Citadel', a military school in the state of South Carolina, before entering the United States Naval Academy. He remained at the latter institution for four years until graduation in 1914.[1] On the outbreak of war that year he he made an unsuccesful attempt to enlist in the Canadian Army. Undeterred, Nicholls proceeded to Britain, where he secured a commission in the British Army in December.[2]

Nicholls died on 26 September 1915, during the Battle of Loos, while serving on the Western Front with the 30th Battery, 43rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Loos Memorial.


  1. 1.0 1.1 William Montague Nicholls, Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  2. The Times (40988), Col A, p. 4: "Fallen Officers". 18 October 1915.


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