Nicholson, Arthur Stuart


He was the third son of Sir Arthur William Nicholson KCB, JP, DL (B 1865-1870) of Arisaig House, Arisaig, Inverness and Lady Nicholson, daughter of Francis Astley. He entered Cook’s from the Reverend F J Page’s school in Bournemouth. After leaving Winchester he obtained a commission in the 1st Battalion, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in 1909 and in 1913 was appointed ADC to Lord Glenconner, when High Commissioner to the Grand Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and then to General Sir J Spencer Ewart, then General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Scottish Command.

When war broke out, he rejoined his regiment and departed for France on 12th August. By the late summer of 1914, five Wykehamists were serving with 1st Camerons: Lieutenant Donald Cameron (G1900-1906, Transport Officer), Lieutenant Ronald Mosse Macdonald (G1904-1909, ‘A’ Company), Captain Alastair Hugh Mackintosh (A1893-1898, OC ‘D’ Company), 2nd Lieutenant Alastair John Greville Murray (H1908-1912, OC 16 Platoon of ‘D’ Company), and Nicholson (in ‘C’ Company). Three would die and another be severely wounded on the same day in the same action; only one would outlive the end of the year.

The 1st Camerons were initially tasked with escort duties and not required on the battle field, although they found themselves in action near Le Cateau, as part of the Retreat from Mons, when asked to cover a contingent of men from the Scottish Rifles.

Nicholson was killed in action on 14th September 1914 during the advance across a stubble field north west of the Chivy-Cerny road. His body was never recovered.

Also killed or mortally wounded on September 14th 1914 were 2nd Lieutenant Rhys Campbell ffolliot Powell (K1906-1909, 2nd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry); Lieutenant Robert Scott Pringle (A1899-1904, 1st Battalion, Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment); and 2nd Lieutenant Nigel John Lawson Boyd (I1908-1912, 1st Battalion, Black Watch).

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Nicholson
  • Forenames or initials: Arthur Stuart
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1902-1906
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
  • Date of Birth: 18th September 1889
  • Date of Death: 14th September 1914
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C3
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the LA FERTE SOUS JOUARRE MEMORIAL