Robert John Nickle



Oct 17, 1893

Born at Madoc Township, Ontario


Jan 19, 1917

Attested into the 254th Battalion at Marmora Ontario 

Ø      Number 1093271

Ø      Next of kin given as John D Nickle (father) of RR #2 Marmora Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


May 8, 1917

Will made out leaving his entire estate to his mother Mrs Margaret A Nickle, of Marmora Ontario


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Seaford Camp


Jun 10, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Sep 2, 1917

SOS (Struck Off Strength) on transfer to the 21st Battalion 

Arrived at #2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) and TOS the 21st Battalion


Sep 14, 1917

Left for CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Sep 16, 1917

Arrived at CC Rein C


Oct 14, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field while they were in the rest area at Villers Au Bois France


Nov 4, 1917             Killed in action on the Passchendaele Front near Crest Farm.




Tyne Cot Cemetery
Ypres, Belgium

On the left is an early photo sent to the family, on the right is a photo taken in 2009.


Sep 18, 1920

Memorial Cross (commonly referred to as the Silver Cross) sent to mother at Marmora Ontario


Dec 24, 1920

Death Scroll sent to Mr John D Nickle (father) of Marmora Ontario


Oct 25, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Mrs Margaret Nickle (mother) of Marmora Ontario


Apr 25, 1922

Death Plaque (commonly referred to as the Death Penny) sent to father at Marmora Ontario



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Robert Nickle being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.


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