Remembering Jaques Loius deFroi of Northshield

Lord Jaques Loius deFroi, modernly known as Nicholas Dickhut, was known as a chivalrous and skilled warrior in the Kingdom of Northshield. On April 30, he was killed in Afghanistan while serving with the 5-20 Infantry Regiment, attached to the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army.

Lord Jacques started fighting with the SCA's youth combat program at age 14 and eventually rose in skill to be able to enter Northshield's Crown Tournament at age 18, fighting for his friend, Lady Sorcha Inghean Maille. Friends remember him as an honorable combatant who enjoyed fighting in the SCA and never shirked from a challenge. He received his Award of Arms in 2005 from the hands of Their Royal Majesties Tarrach and Fina.

He joined the U.S. Army in 2008 and served a partial tour in Iraq before a knee injury sidelined him. After recovering from the injury, he was redeployed to the conflict in Afghanistan, serving in the Zharay district of Kandahar province. Only a few days before his death, Sgt. Dickhut was photographed by Reuters News Service as part of a photo essay on the conflict. Nick was 23.

Jacques' family and friends will remember him for his honor, his smile, and his enthusiasm. All of us will remember him for the sacrifice he and his family have made in service to his country. Rest in peace, Nicholas.