Walter George NICKOLS (1867–1915)
His brother Herbert Frank NICKOLS (1870–1921)
St Mary Magdalen section: Row 35, Grave L57

Walter Nickols

[Edge facing camera] IN LOVING MEMORY OF WALTER G. NICKOLS DIED MAY 10TH 1915, AGED 47

[Opposite edge] ALSO OF HERBERT FRANK NICKOLS DIED DEC: 6TH 1921, AGED 51

Walter George Nickols was born in Oxford in 1867 and Herbert Frank Nickols in 1870. They were the two youngest children of Henry Nickols (a saddler & harness-maker turned publican) and Ann Jones. For more about their parents and siblings, see separate grave.

At the time of the 1881 census, when Walter and Herbert were aged 13 and 10 respectively, they were both at home with their parents at the Red Lion in Gloucester Green. They were still living there with their parents and two sisters in 1891: Walter (23) was a farrier; and Herbert (20) was a cabman.

Walter George Nickols (born 1867)

In 1901 Walter (33) was still living with his mother, who was now a widow running the Red Lion on her own; he was a cab proprietor. By 1911 she had retired to School House, Victoria Place, George Street, and Walter (43), now just a cab driver, was still living with her and his sister Eliza (54).

He died four years after that census:

† Walter George Nickols died at School House, Victoria Court, George Street at the age of 47 on 10 May 1915 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 11 May (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).

His mother died at the same address at the age of 84 on 28 September the following year.


Herbert Frank Nickols (born 1870)

Herbert Frank Nickols married Bessie Ella Parsons at Bradford Abbas, Dorset in early 1894, and they had two children:

  • Fred Nickols (born at 7 Hollybush Row, Oxford on 11 October 1894 and baptised at St Thomas's Church on 18 November); baptised and registered simply as Fred
  • Bessie Ann Nickols (born at 18 Hollybush Row, Oxford on 13 June 1896 and baptised at St Thomas's Church on 6 September).

Herbert was described as a cab proprietor at both baptisms.

At the time of the 1911 census Herbert Nickols (40) was a horse cab driver, living at 9 Upper Fisher Row with his wife Bessie (39) and their two children: Fred (16) was a messenger in a shop, and Bessie Ann (14) was learning dressmaking.

† Herbert Frank Nickols died at 9 Upper Fisher Row at the age of 51 on 6 December 1921 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 9 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).

Herbert’s wife Bessie was a widow for thirty years, and died in Oxford at the age of 80 near the end of 1951.


Children of Herbert Frank and Bessie Ella Nickols
  • Fred Nickols (born 1894) is hard to trace after 1911. He died at 8 Upper Fisher Row, Oxford at the age of 59 on 15 November 1953. His effects came to £440 11s. 9d., and his executor was his sister Mrs Bessie Ann Sollars.
  • Bessie Ann Nickols (born 1896) married William H. Sollars in Oxford in the fourth quarter of 1935.

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