William Henry Snyder Nickerson

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William Henry Snyder Nickerson
Born (1875-03-27)27 March 1875
Dorchester, New Brunswick, Canada
Died 10 May 1954(1954-05-10) (aged 79)
Buried at Cour, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Unit Royal Army Medical Corps

Major-General William Henry Snyder Nickerson VC CB CMG (27 March 1875, Dorchester, New Brunswick – 1954), was a Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Victoria Cross[edit]

Nickerson was a 25 years old lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps, of the British Army, attached to the Mounted Infantry during the Second Boer War when his actions at Wakkerstroom led to the award of the Victoria Cross. His citation reads:

At Wakkerstroom, on the evening of the 20th April, 1900, during the advance of the Infantry to support the Mounted Troops, Lieutenant Nickerson went, in the most gallant manner, under a heavy rifle and shell fire, to attend a wounded man, dressed his wounds, and remained with him till he had him conveyed to a place of safety.[1]

Personal life[edit]

His family had returned to England when he was a child and he was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School,[2] Manchester Grammar School and Owen's College, the forerunner of the University of Manchester graduating in medicine in 1896. He joined the RAMC in 1898.

He later achieved the rank of major general after service in World War I and was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the RAMC in 1933. His grave is in the private burial ground at his home in Cour, Kintyre, Scotland.


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