Robert Nicholson

Robert Nicholson
Merchant Navy seaman record, National Archives, Kew

Alias Robert Boris Nicholson; formerly Boris Poselnikoff; Boris Matias Poselnikov, known as Robert Nicholson (nat. in the UK)

Russian spelling

Борис Матвеевич Посельников

Born 14.12.1890

Place Odessa, Ukraine (WWI service records), Vladikavkaz, Ossetia (naturalisation in UK)

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Church of England

Father Matvei Michael Poselnikoff (Colonel 3rd Sharpshooter regiment)

Mother Alexandra Vasilevna Charckasof [Cherkasova]


Wife Bertha Henrietta Nicholson (née Grabert), married 1918 in London

Residence before arrival at Australia Came to the UK first in 1908 as a seaman, lived in 1910 in Liverpool, then in London

Arrived at Australia
from Cardiff
on 7.07.1912
per Fharwal (Fahrwohl)
disembarked at Newcastle

Residence before enlistment Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne

Occupation 1915 seaman, 1940, 1949 rigger, 1958 caretaker

Service 1
service number 1122
enlisted 14.07.1915
POE Melbourne
unit 30th Battalion, 15th FAB, 6th FAB, Australian Employment Company
rank Private, Gunner
place Western Front, 1916-1918
discharged 11.02.1919 in London

Service 2 (WWII)
service number Q187674
enlisted 24.05.1940
POE Cairns
unit 15 GB
rank Private
discharged 28.01.1943, MU

Naturalisation 1914 applied in Australia; 1920 naturalised in the UK

Residence after the war 1920 London; 1940 Innisfail; Cairns, Mourilyan, Qld

Died 14.07.1962, Queensland


Digitised application for naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

WWII service records (NAA)

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