Educated at Winchester College and Trinity College, Oxford, Nichols became a second lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery in October 1914. In 1916 he was invalided home with shell shock. In 1917 he was attached to the Foreign Office and in 1917 went with the Ministry of Information to New York.
Having begun to write verse at school he became one of the more highly acclaimed younger poets of the day. His Invocation (1915) and Ardours and Endurances (1917) were widely read and, according to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, he was regarded as a sort of new Rupert Brooke.
Like his friends Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves, Nichols wrote graphic records of the battlefield, but his poetry was inherently more idealistic.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Robert Nichols’ Poems
Invocation: War Poems & Others from California Digital Library
Ardours and Endurances from Project Gutenberg