Account: Lamsdorf Death March - Arthur J. Nichol
Account: Lamsdorf Death March - Arthur J. Nichol

Page 1 of an untitled story based upon P.O.W. experiences during the enforced march undertaken by Allied Prisoners of War, from Stalag VIIIB / 344 Lamsdorf Poland, at the end of World War Two
 by Arthur J. Nichol (Sgt.) 1914-1965

Account: Lamsdorf Death March - Arthur J. Nichol
Account: Lamsdorf Death March - Arthur J. Nichol

Page 2 of an untitled story based upon P.O.W. experiences during the enforced march undertaken by Allied Prisoners of War, from Stalag VIIIB / 344 Lamsdorf Poland, at the end of World War Two
 by Arthur J. Nichol (Sgt.) 1914-1965

Alan Moore Column of POWs 1945
Alan Moore Column of POWs 1945

AWM collection - ART 25519

Account: Lamsdorf Death March - Arthur J. Nichol
Account: Lamsdorf Death March - Arthur J. Nichol

Page 1 of an untitled story based upon P.O.W. experiences during the enforced march undertaken by Allied Prisoners of War, from Stalag VIIIB / 344 Lamsdorf Poland, at the end of World War Two
 by Arthur J. Nichol (Sgt.) 1914-1965

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Portrait c.1940

History - Legacy

Arthur Nichol enlisted for war service in 1939 at the age of 25, set sail for the battlefields of Europe in 1940, served in Intelligence and was captured on Crete in 1941. Imprisoned in Stalag VIIIB, Lamsdorf between 1941 and 1945, he produced unique realist artworks of life in prison camp, painted posters of theatrical productions and held art classes for fellow prisoners at several Stalag camps. 

Family Album 1940s
Family Album 1940s

Arthur on the right with friends - fellow Man magazine artist Charles Bonnington, 2nd from left.

Pitt Street Sydney February 1940
Pitt Street Sydney February 1940

Arthur Nichol with first wife Bonnie (Amorita Young 1916-1946, Lieutenant Australian Army NF409733, mother of Diana) - snapped by a street photographer outside Repins Coffee House in Pitt Street Sydney pre-embarkation.

Nichol artwork list - Art of War Exhibition 1986
Nichol artwork list - Art of War Exhibition 1986

Imprint Gallery Exhibition listing works for sale. Seeking location of highlighted titles.

Family Album 1940s
Family Album 1940s

Arthur on the right with friends - fellow Man magazine artist Charles Bonnington, 2nd from left.

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A. J. Nichol 'Art in Wartime'

For most of 2020, we were in communication with the Australian War Memorial Art curators in hopes of bringing all of Arthur’s wartime artworks into the light. AWM Staff have been so supportive of our hopes, as to give the project their utmost attention. Our thanks must go to Hollie Gill (Asst. Art Curator) for all her hard work on the project.

Family copyright in all our dear Dad’s work has now been sorted and as a result, Memorial staff have been able to move ahead with fully cataloguing his work and preparing it for display. Staff photographers have digitised all 17 images for uploading to the Australian War Memorial website and for ordering through eSales. The first 8 to be uploaded are viewable at this AWM pagelink

A list of institutions which have collected the artist's works can be found on the Galleries page.

Sgt. A.J. Nichol "The Fight"
Sgt. A.J. Nichol "The Fight"

Ink Drawing Australian War Memorial Accession number: ART28965 Name/title: Fight Date made: 1942 Place made: Germany Medium: brush and ink with wash and crayon on paper Dimensions: Overall: 24.5 x 16.8cm ©P. Johnson

Sgt. A.J. Nichol, Performance Poster
Sgt. A.J. Nichol, Performance Poster

"Military Band" Australian War Memorial Accession number: ART28414.001 Name/title: 'Military Band' Date made: 1939–45 Place made: Stalag VIII-B/344, Lamsdorf, Poland Medium: gouache heightened with white on paper Dimensions: Overall: 76 x 52.5cm ©P. Johnson

Character Cartoon Stalart Performance
Character Cartoon Stalart Performance

©P. Johnson Arthur Nichol watercolour

Sgt. A.J. Nichol "The Fight"
Sgt. A.J. Nichol "The Fight"

Ink Drawing Australian War Memorial Accession number: ART28965 Name/title: Fight Date made: 1942 Place made: Germany Medium: brush and ink with wash and crayon on paper Dimensions: Overall: 24.5 x 16.8cm ©P. Johnson

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Recollections 1945

As war came to an end, as Soviet forces advanced on Lamsdorf camp, Arthur and around 25,000 fellow POWs, were force-marched westward in groups of around 500 in the bitter European winter of 1945. They set off in January and would be on foot for the next 4 months, with no knowledge of their destination. Those who survived the ordeal were finally liberated in May, the fortunate by American forces; those not so, by the Soviets, who would hold them hostage for several months longer.  In a letter home, Arthur talks of waiting for "the Russians to let us go."

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Design and Text ©Diana Nichol 2019