Francis Jenner (Frank) Nicol
- Born: Dec 1887, Campbelltown, Sydney, NSW Australia
- Marriage (1): Beatrice Eva Longhurst in 1914 in Canterbury, Sydney, NSW Australia
- Died: 23 Sep 1918, K. I. A. France at age 30
- Buried: Templeux-de-Guerard British Cemetery Grave 1 panel number 175 reference I. E. 16
Cause of his death was Killed In Action in France on last day of Australians fighting in WW1.
TEMPLEUX-LE-GUERARD BRITISH CEMETERY
Identified Casualties: 585
Templeux-le-Guerard is a village 26 kilometres east of Peronne. Templeux-le-Guerard British Cemetery is south-east of the village on the road to Haricourt.
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The village was taken early in April 1917, lost on the 21st March 1918, and retaken by the 15th Suffolks of the 74th (Yeomanry) Division on the following 18th September.
Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery was begun by the 59th Division in April 1917, and carried on by other units until August 1917, and again in September and October 1918. After the Armistice, a further 360 graves were brought in from the battlefields (of April 1917 and March and September 1918) surrounding the village and in 1930, the British graves from the following two cemeteries were brought in:-
GOUY BRITISH CEMETERY (Aisne), was in the hamlet of Rue-Neuve (or Rue-du-Moulin), on the road from Gouy to Estrees. It stood in a paddock among pasture fields, close to a farmhouse. It was made by the 50th Division (as very recently reconstituted) in October 1918, and it contained the graves of 127 soldiers from the United Kingdom (almost all from that Division) and one from Australia; the dates of death were the 3rd-10th October, except for one soldier who died on the 18th. Le Catelet and Gouy were captured by the 50th Division on the 3rd October 1918.
STE EMILIE BRITISH CEMETERY, VILLERS-FAUCON, stood in the grounds of the Chateau of Ste Emilie, between the house and the railway station. It was begun by the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division in May 1917, carried on by Cavalry and other units and Field Ambulances until March 1918, and used again by British and American troops in September-November 1918. It contained the graves of 196 United Kingdom soldiers, 108 American, 22 Australian and one South African (the American graves, mainly of the 107th and 108th Infantry Regiments, were removed to Somme American Cemetery, Bony, before 1922). The American 27th and 30th Divisions, with Australian troops, attacked and carried the Hindenburg Line, a little East of Ste Emilie, on the 27th-30th September 1918.
There are now over 750, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly a quarter are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 16 soldiers from the United Kingdom, known or believed to be buried among them.
The irregular lettering of the Rows is due to the concentrations of graves carried out after the Armistice.
The cemetery covers an area of 2,509 square metres and is enclosed on three sides by a low rubble wall.
Noted events in his life were:
• known as. Frank
• Military. A year after they were married Frank enlisted in the 1st AIF and served as a sergeant with the 1st Machine-gun Battalion, Regimental Number 2707. He was killed in action in France on 18 Sept 1918.
Frank Jenner Nicol
Service Number 2707
Unit 1 Bn Australian Machine Gun Corps
Date of Death 18 September 1918, Killed in Action.
Cemetery or Memorial Details FRANCE 1495 Templeux-la-Guerard British Cemetery
Place Of Enlistment Campbelltown, NSW
• connection. Julie Ryan's links to me are as follows
Julie Ryan . . .
Her grandfather was Arthur Ross (c1895) who married Beatrice Longhurst (c1890) who also married Francis J. Nicol (1888)
His father was John Nicol (1844) & he also had Margaret Nicol (1889) who married G. A. Davies (1894)
They had Colin Davies (1925)
He had me - Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)
• alt death, 18 Sep 1918. 1
Francis married Beatrice Eva Longhurst, daughter of Mark Longhurst and Lilla Beatrice Eva Roughley, in 1914 in Canterbury, Sydney, NSW Australia. (Beatrice Eva Longhurst was born in 1889 in Parramatta, Sydney, NSW Australia, died on 24 Apr 1942 in Campbelltown, Sydney, NSW Australia and was buried in Campbelltown Congregational Methodist, Sydney, NSW Australia.)