Charles Alfred Godfrey Nichols DSO, RN

Born  1 Oct 1898

Ranks

15 Mar 1917 Mid.
15 May 1918 S.Lt.
15 May 1920 Lt.
15 May 1928 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1934 Cdr.
??? A/Capt.
31 Dec 1941 Capt.

Retired: 8 Jan 1951


Decorations

13 Nov 1936 MVO
1 Jan 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
27 Mar 1945 DSO
1 May 1945 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)

Warship Commands listed for Charles Alfred Godfrey Nichols, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Canton (F 97)A/Capt.Armed Merchant Cruiser10 Feb 19412 Mar 1942
HMAS Shropshire (83)Capt.Heavy cruiser25 Sep 194414 Apr 1946

Career information

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Events related to this officer

Heavy cruiser HMAS Shropshire (83)


27 Sep 1944
0700I/27, Task Force 75, made up of the heavy cruisers HMAS Australia (Capt. E.F.V. Dechaineux, DSC, RAN, flying the flag of Commodore J.A. Collins, CB, RAN), HMAS Shropshire (Capt. C.A.G. Nichols, MVO, RN), light cruisers USS Phoenix (T/Capt. J.H. Duncan, USN, flying the flag of COMCRUDIV 15, Rear-Admiral R.S. Berkey, USN), USS Nashville (T/Capt. C.E. Coney, USN), USS Boise (Capt. J.S. Roberts, USN) and the destroyers USS Hutchins (T/Cdr. C.B. Laning, USN, with COMDESRON 24, T/Capt. K.M. McManes, USN, on board), USS Bache (T/Cdr. R.C. Morton, USN), USS Beale (T/Cdr. D.M. Coffee, USN), USS Daly (T/Cdr. R.G. Visser, USN), USS Abner Read (T/Cdr. T.B. Hutchins, 3rd, USN, with COMDESDIV 48, T/Capt. J.B. McLean, USN), USS Bush (T/Cdr. R.E. Westholm, USN), USS Ammen (T/Cdr. J.H. Brown, USN), USS Mullany (T/Cdr. A.O. Momm, USN), HMAS Arunta (Cdr. A.E. Buchanan, RAN) and HMAS Warramunga (Cdr. N.A. Mackinnon, RAN) arrived at Mios Woendi from operations in the Morotai area. (1)

2 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Shropshire (Capt. C.A.G. Nichols, MVO, RN), USS Bush (T/Cdr. R.E. Westholm, USN) and USS Mullany (T/Cdr. A.O. Momm, USN) conducted exercises off Manus. (2)

11 Oct 1944
1700I/11, Task Forces 74 and 75, made up of the heavy cruisers HMAS Australia (Capt. E.F.V. Dechaineux, DSC, RAN, flying the flag of Commodore J.A. Collins, CB, RAN), HMAS Shropshire (Capt. C.A.G. Nichols, MVO, RN), the light cruisers USS Phoenix (T/Capt. J.H. Duncan, USN, flying the flag of COMCRUDIV 15, Rear-Admiral R.S. Berkey, USN), USS Nashville (T/Capt. C.E. Coney, USN), USS Boise (Capt. J.S. Roberts, USN) and the destroyers USS Hutchins (T/Cdr. C.B. Laning, USN, with COMDESRON 24, T/Capt. K.M. McManes, USN, on board), HMAS Arunta (Cdr. A.E. Buchanan, RAN) and HMAS Warramunga (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, DSC, RN) departed Seeadler Harbour, Manus for Humboldt Bay.

Most of the destroyers of Task Forces 74 and 75 had been delayed in sailing. They departed later to overtake and join at sea which they did in the following order; USS Bache (T/Cdr. R.C. Morton, USN), USS Mullany (T/Cdr. A.O. Momm, USN) and USS Bush (T/Cdr. R.E. Westholm, USN) joined around 1830I/11. USS Ammen (T/Cdr. J.H. Brown, USN) joined around 2115I/11. USS Daly (T/Cdr. R.G. Visser, USN) joined around 2200I/11. USS Beale (T/Cdr. D.M. Coffee, USN) joined around 0045I/12. USS Killen (T/Cdr. H.G. Corey, USN) and finally USS Abner Read (T/Cdr. A.M. Purdy, USN, with COMDESDIV 48, T/Capt. J.B. McLean, USN) joined around 0800I/12.

Task Forces 74 and 75 arrived at Humboldt Bay around 1220I/12. (2)

Sources

  1. War diary of COMCRUDIV 15 for September 1944
  2. War diary of COMCRUDIV 15 for October 1944


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