Fred Nicholls could be Lance Corporal 19494 who served in the 11th Bn Essex Regiment.
He was born in 1896, the son of Joseph & Julia Nicholls, Alma Street. and was a Great Eastern Railway Porter at Wivenhoe station.
He died on 21 March 1918, but has no known grave. He is named on Bay 7 of the Arras Memorial, and on Wivenhoe War Memorial.