Reginald Frederick Nichols

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Captain Reginald Frederick Nichols, (9 September, 1900 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Nichols was appointed to the battleship Vanguard straight out of the Training Establishment on 7 May, 1917. He was fortunate to somehow survive her loss to explosion on 9 July, and received leave on 15 July, pending the completion of the Enquiry into her demise.[1]

On 4 August, 1917, Nichols was appointed to Erin.

Post-War

On 5 May 1919, Nichols was diagnosed with anemia and nervous exhaustion and given six weeks to recover, being sent ashore from Erin. He was found fit on 7 June. On 3 December, 1919, he was appointed to Burslem.[2]

On 4 November 1920, he was admitted to Portland Hospital with a sprain to his right knee. He was discharged, fit, on the 17th. On 18 March, 1921, he was appointed out of Burslem to the battleship Revenge.[3]

Nichols was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 December, 1921.[4]

Nichols was admitted to hospital on 16 August 1922 for a disease of liver and was found fit on 30 August.[5]

Nichols qualified as Lieutenant (N) for all but first-class ships in 1925.[6]

On 1 October, 1928, Nichols took a course to qualify for navigating first-class ships. His new acumen landed him (N) appointments, additional in Hood on 1 January, 1929 and then Queen Elizabeth on 1 April, 1929.[7]

Nichols was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 December, 1929.[8]

Nichols was awarded the Shadwell Testimonial for 1931 for a survey he completed of Port Edgar in the Falkland Islands.[9]

Nichols was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1934.[10]

On 13 June, 1938 Nichols was appointed as navigating officer in Southampton and as Squadron (N) Officer and Staff Officer (O) to Rear-Admiral Edward-Collins.

World War II

Nichols was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1942.[11]

On 9 February, 1945, Nichols was appointed to command Ready and to serve as Senior Officer, Eighteenth Minesweeping Flotilla.[12]

On 15 August, 1945 Nichols was appointed Deputy Director of Minesweeping, vice Maclean.[13]

On 5 April, 1946 Nichols was appointed Director of Minesweeping, vice Crombie.[14]

10 January, 1950, Nichols was appointed in command of Cleopatra. He was superseded on 28 November, 1950.[15]

Nichols was placed on the Retired List on 8 January, 1952.[16]

See Also

Bibliography

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Henry J. Haynes
Captain of H.M.S. Caledon
10 Dec, 1943[17] – Nov, 1944[18]
Succeeded by
John R. S. Brown
Preceded by
Frederic J. Walker
Senior Officer, Eighteenth Minesweeping Flotilla
9 Feb, 1945[19] – 31 Jul, 1945[20]
Succeeded by
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Footnotes

  1. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.
  2. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.
  3. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.
  4. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.
  5. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.
  6. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.
  7. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.
  8. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.
  9. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.
  10. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.
  11. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.
  12. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.
  13. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.
  14. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.
  15. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.
  16. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.
  17. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.
  18. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  19. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.
  20. Nichols Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/224. f. 223.