North Africa Theatre
Henry William Nicholls joined the 6th Light Horse Regiment in 1937, he later joined the Australian Infantry Force (A.I.F) in 1939. On September 1940, H.W.Nicholls was commissioned and sailed the same month with 2/1st Pioneers as Platoon Commander. H.W.Nicholls served in Palestine, Egypt, Benghazi & Tobruk. On 29-30th June 1941 he won his 1st Military Cross at age 20.
Tel-Aviv, Palestine 1940
On September 1940 H.W.Nicholls sailed from Australia to Tel-Aviv, Palestine after the Italian bombings of British Administered Mandatory.
Cairo, Egypt 1941
Postcard from H.W.Nicholls
“Heres a photo of a poor little chap out in the wilderness or should I say desert. Its a good place only the birds in the trees make too much noise of a morning. Its quite a job to find wood to boil the billy here”.
Benghazi, Libya 1941
Benghazi fell to Axis forces in February 1941, the city was subsequently recaptured by the British in January 1942. It is unknown what operations H.W.Nicholls was involved in but is credited by the Australian War Memorial for operating in the area.