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Reference No: 8628
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Price: £15.00
  William Nicholson

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British Field Marshal.

Nicholson joined the Royal Engineers in 1865 and, promoted to Captain, was posted to Afghanistan in 1878, where he saw service in the Second Afghan War (1878-1880). He was three times mentioned in despatches, was awarded a campaign medal with three clasps, and promoted to the brevet rank of major.

Nicholson was sent to Egypt in 1882, where he served with the Indian contingent in the Anglo-Egyptian War. His force made a successful flanking movement at the battle of Tel-el-Kebir and opened up the way to Cairo by cutting the enemy’s railway system near Zagazig, where Nicholson, then with the cavalry, captured four trains under steam, which were later used to transport British infantry. His efforts earned him another campaign medal with clasp, the Order of Osmanieh and the Khedive's Star. He was promoted to the substantive rank of major on 21 March 1885.

Nicholson was made Lord Roberts’ Military Secretary in India in 1890 and saw service on the North West Frontier Chief of Staff for the Tirah Campaign in 1897 to 1898. He was knighted in 1898 and promoted to Major-General for distinguished service in the field in 1899.

During the Second Boer War Nicholson again acted as Military Secretary to Lord Roberts and saw action at the Battle of Paardeberg and at Poplar Grove, Driefontein, Vet and Zand Rivers, and in operations near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill, and in the operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, during the latter half of 1900.

He was appointed as Chief of the General Staff on 2 April 1908 and was promoted to Field Marshal on 19 June 1911.

This is a very fine ink signature cut from a letter on a piece measuring 2.5" x 1.5". In very good condition.