Richard Nicholson, V.C.

Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants. – in the House of Commons on 13th July 1922.

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Photo of Mr Albert Atkey Mr Albert Atkey , Nottingham Central

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asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Mr. Richard Nicholson, V.C, particulars of which were extensively given in the Press of 18th June; whether he is aware that this soldier won the Victoria Cross in the Egyptian War of 1882–83; that he enlisted in the Great War in October, 1914, obtaining admission in the Durham Light Infantry at Leeds, when nearly 70 years of age, by dyeing his hair; that he was in France before Christmas, 1914, served until December, 1918, and was wounded three times; that he had six sons killed in the War, and his wife died whilst he was on active service; that his pension has now ceased, and he has gone to the Kirkham Workhouse, possessed of 10 medals in addition to the V.C.; and will he inquire into this case?

Photo of Sir James Macpherson Sir James Macpherson , Ross and Cromarty

When I saw these Press reports I immediately had inquiries made. The records of my Department and of the War Office were carefully searched, but no trace could be found of a case corresponding to the particulars given, nor is there any record of the Victoria Cross having been awarded to a soldier of this name. The whole story appears to be a complete fabrication.

Photo of Mr Albert Atkey Mr Albert Atkey , Nottingham Central

Will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to give the same publicity to his answer as was given to the original statement?