2nd Lieutenant Geoffrey Douglas Lothian Nicholson

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Geoffrey Nicholson Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk
Geoffrey Nicholson Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk

Geoffrey Douglas Lothian Nicholson was born on the 30th of October 1897 in India to Major General Sir Cecil Lothian Nicholson K.C.B., C.M.G. and Dame Katherine Elizabeth Frances Nicholson nee Ranking.

Geoffrey’s father Cecil Lothian Nicholson was born in the 4th quarter of 1865 in Middlesex, London to Lothian Nicholson and Mary Nicholson nee Romilly. Lothian Nicholson and Mary Romilly married in the 4th quarter of 1864 in Kensington, London. Cecil Lothian Nicholson was baptised on the 3rd of December 1865 in Buriton, Hampshire.

During the 1881 Census, Cecil Lothian Nicholson was a boarding pupil at Marlborough College, Marlborough and Preshute.

Geoffrey’s mother Katherine Elizabeth Frances Ranking was born on the 17th of November 1865 in Samalcotta, India to Lieutenant (later Colonel) in the Madras Army William Lancaster Ranking, born about 1842 in Madras, India, and Jane Fanny Ranking, born about 1844 in Madras, India. Katherine Elizabeth Frances was baptised on the 24th of December 1865 in Samulcottah, Trichinopoly, India. At the time of the baptism the family lived at Samulcottah in India.

Lieutenant of the 2nd Battalion of the Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire Cecil Lothian Nicholson and Katherine Elizabeth Frances Ranking married by Banns on the 15th of April 1896 at St Mary’s church in Belgaum, Bombay, India. At the time of the marriage, Lieutenant Nicholson resided at Ranikhet in India and Katherine Elizabeth Frances Ranking at Belgaum, India.

Geoffrey Douglas Lothian Nicholson had two sisters: Cecily Mary Lothian Nicholson born on the 16th of August 1899 in India and Muriel Romilly Lothian Nicholson born on the 29th of July 1901 in India.

Cecily Mary Lothian Nicholson was baptised on the 6th of September 1899 in Dagshai, Bengal, India. At this time Cecily’s father Cecil Lothian Nicholson was a Captain of the 2nd Battalion of the Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire and the family lived at Dagshai.

Muriel Romilly Lothian Nicholson was baptised on the 29th of August 1901 at St John’s church in the Wilderness, NainiTal, Bengal, India. At the time of the baptism the family resided at NaitiTal. Muriel died of mucoenteritis and convulsion on the 7th of March 1902 in India and was buried on the 7th of March 1902 at the NainiTal Civil Cemetery, Kalaghungi road, Bengal. She was 7months and 7 days years old.

Geoffrey Douglas Lothian Nicholson was born on the 30th of October 1897 in India and was baptised on the 9th of January 1898 at St George’s church in Agra, Bengal, India. At this time the family resided in Agra.

Geoffrey Nicholson 1911 Census © findmypast.co.uk
Geoffrey Nicholson 1911 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, Geoffrey Douglas Lothian Nicholson was a scholar at The Grange School, Shorncliffe road, Folkestone in Kent.

At the time of the 1911 Census, Army Major Cecil Lothian Nicholson and Katherine Elizabeth Frances Nicholson were visitors to Cecil’s sister Maud Lothian Nicholson at Vicars Hill Lodge, Boldre, Lymington, Hampshire. The residence had fourteen rooms.

Geoffrey Douglas Lothian Nicholson became a 2nd Lieutenant of the 4th Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment. He disembarked in November 1916 to France.

Geoffrey Nicholson GRO War Death Army Officers Indices Transcription © findmypast.co.uk
Geoffrey Nicholson GRO War Death Army Officers Indices Transcription © findmypast.co.uk

Geoffrey Douglas Lothian Nicholson was killed in an action during the Arras offensive at the 2nd Battle of the Scarpe in France on the 23rd of April 1917. On the 24th of April 1917 Geoffrey was reported wounded and missing.

Geoffrey Nicholson Arras Memorial Roll of Honour © CWGC.org
Geoffrey Nicholson Arras Memorial Roll of Honour © CWGC.org
Geoffrey Nicholson Arras Memorial Panel Order © CWGC.org
Geoffrey Nicholson Arras Memorial Panel Order © CWGC.org

He is commemorated at the Arras Memorial. His panel reference is: Bay 6.

Geoffrey Douglas Lothian Nicholson received the British War and Victory medals. The medals were applied for by Geoffrey’s father, Major General Cecil Lothian Nicholson, K.C.B. (Order of the Bath – Knight Commander), C.M.G. (Order of St Michael and St George – Companion), HQ (Head Quarters) the 55th (West Lancashire) Division Territorial Army, 21 Islington, Liverpool on the 4th of October 1921.

Geoffrey’s father also received £36 on the 22nd of November 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.

Geoffrey’s family also lived at Hursley, Camberley in Surrey.

Major General Cecil Lothian Nicholson K.C.B., C.M.G. of the United Service Club, Pall Mall, Middlesex and of Meyrick House, Trinity-crescent, Folkestone, Kent died on the 3rd of Mar 1933 at Manor Court Nursing Home, Manor road, Folkestone. He left £727 and 6s to his widow: Dame Katherine Elizabeth Frances Nicholson.

Dame Katherine Elizabeth Frances Nicholson of 11 Grosvenor-crescent, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex died on the 21st of January 1951 at 63 Pevensey road, St Leonards-on-Sea. She left £1707, 19s and 6d in the Probate.

Geoffrey’s sister Cecily Mary Lothian Nicholson died in June 1982 in the Registration District of Newbury, Berkshire. She was 82 years

Born                            Agra, Bengal, India

Son of                         Major General Sir Cecil Lothian and Dame Katherine Elizabeth Frances Nicholson nee Ranking

Regiment                     4th Battalion.The Worcestershire Regiment

Date of Death               23rd April 1917
Place of Death              Arras, France
Cause of Death             Killed in Action

Age                              19

Memorial                     Arras Memorial, France