William Smith Nicholson, JP, was a Magistrate for Kent and Hampshire. He was a Director of the Union Castle Steamship Company. He was at various times, Commodore of the Medway Yacht Club and Vice Commodore of the Solent Yacht Club. He died in 1913 at the age of 79.
Nicholson may have known JW about 1874.
Hampshire at the opening of the Twentieth Century, 1905; Walford's County Families of the United Kingdom; The Times, London, 11 July 1913, p. 11.