Horace Nicholls was born in Cambridge in 1867 to his mother Charlotte and photographer father Arthur. Aged 19 he worked as a studio photographer in Chile for three years. In 1892 he first went to South Africa and in 1899 he was appointed war correspondant for the London-based periodical 'South Africa' during the Boer War. In 1902 he returned to England to pursue his career as a freelance photographer. Nicholls became an offical photographer of the Home Front during the First World War. His brief was to produce suitable material on industrial and military activity.
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