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Pte. Nicholson Braddock

British Army Duke of Wellingtons (West Rding Regiment) 10th Battalion

from:Swalwell, Co.Durham

(d.20th Sep 1917)

My Great Uncle, the youngest of 3 Braddock Brothers all killed within a year of each other (incl my G-Grandad Nicholas William Braddock) in different regiments on the western front. I have his service records which, unlike his brothers, were not destroyed by damage to the National Archives.

Apart from a big KIA scribbled across the top of them, they hold clues to a great little wartime story which I simply love, although the ending is not the best... Nicholson was detained for a period of 7 days, unpaid,for 'scrumping' the act of taking apples from an orchard without permission (a bit harsh considering the circumstances) however, he was eventually released..... on the 19 Sep 1917, just in time for the operations and his unfortuante death. But as a 5'2" soldier and a very young man (19), I just love it, the "cheeky little sod" as would be said in the North but a hero to me.

Gary Braddock

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