William McAdam Nickle, OBE, MC





Jan 4, 1897

Born at Kingston Ontario Canada


Apr 12, 1915

Attested into the 38th Battalion at Montreal Quebec as a Pte 

Ø      Number 411118 (the number was originally recorded as A11118, the letter “A” in this series of numbers was later changed to a “4”.)

Ø      Next of kin given as WF Nickle (father) of 130 Earl St., Kingston Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as “student”

Ø      Previous military experience given as “High School Cadets”

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

o       Note that his medical portion was signed at Kingston Ontario on April 8, 1915, 4 days earlier


May 29, 1915

Embarked the SS Northland at Montreal for England with a draft for the PPCLI



Jun 4, 1915

Disembarked at Plymouth England


Jul 17, 1915

Proceeded to France and TOS the PPCLI


Oct 6, 1915

Commissioned to be a Temp Lieutenant and attached to the 11th Reserve Battalion for duty


Oct 25, 1915

Proceeded to England


Dec 13, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Battalion at Shorncliffe


Jan 29, 1916

Proceeded to the 21st Battalion in the field


Jan 30, 1916

TOS (Taken on Strength) 21st Battalion


Mar 26, 1916

Proceeded on Grenade Course


Jun 29, 1916

Wounded in the right buttock by a bullet


Jun 30, 1916

Admitted to No 7 Stationary Hospital at Boulogne and then invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Denis


On arrival in England admitted to Endsleigh Palace Hospital and posted to the General List 


Aug 1, 1916

Discharged from hospital and declared unfit for any service for 3 weeks


Aug 17, 1916

Declared unfit for any service for additional 3 weeks


Sep 7, 1916

Attached to the 39th Battalion and declared fit for general service


Sep 13, 1916

Transferred to the 224th Forestry Battalion and posted to the Virginia Water Camp


Jan 16, 1917

Ceases to be attached to the 224th Battalion on return to 39th Battalion


Jan 17, 1917

SOS (Struck Off Strength) General List for service with the 21st Battalion


Jan 19, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) from England and TOS 21st Battalion


Jan 20, 1917

Left CBD to join unit


Jan 23, 1917

Joined 21st Battalion in the field


Feb 25, 1917

To be Temporary Captain


Mar 14, 1917

TOS 2nd Entrenching Battalion from the 21st Battalion


Mar 20, 1917

Rejoined 21st Battalion in the field


Apr 9, 1917

Wounded in the leg during the attack on Vimy Ridge


Apr 13, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


TOS the General List and detached to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) 

Admitted to the 1st London General Hospital at Camberwell


May 21, 1917

Discharged from hospital and granted leave to Canada until June 25, 1917 

Posted to the EORD while on leave


Jun 25, 1917

Leave extended to August 9, 1917


Aug 9, 1917

Leave extended to August 30, 1917


Aug 31, 1917

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion from the EORD


Sep 11, 1917

SOS 6th Reserve Battalion and proceeded to France for duty with the 21st Battalion 

Arrived at No 2 CIBD and TOS 21st Battalion


Sep 21, 1917

Left CIBD to join the Entrenching Battalion


Sep 22, 1917

Arrived at the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Sep 26, 1917

Despatched to unit


Sep 28, 1917

TOS 21st Battalion as a reinforcement Lieutenant


Oct 7, 1917

Attached to the 4th CIB HQ (Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters) as Brigade Bombing Officer


Dec 19, 1917

Granted 14 days leave to England


Jan 1, 1918

Awarded the Military Cross, London Gazette #30450


Citation reads

For exceptional devotion to duty.  East of Neuville St Vaast on April 9th, 1917, when leading his Platoon to the attack on Vimy Ridge he was severely wounded, but with marked courage and determination he carried on and gallantly led his men to their objective.   He has proved himself a most efficient officer in looking after the comforts and general welfare of his men.  (Taken from confidential documents)

28-6-39 HWB


Jan 3, 1918

Rejoined 4th CIB from leave


Jan 30, 1918

To 2nd Division HQ for duty


Feb 2, 1918

Rejoined 4th CIB from 2nd Div HQ


Feb 17, 1918

SOS to EORD for duty with the GOC (General Officer Commanding)


Feb 18, 1918

TOS HQ OMFC (Headquarters Overseas Military Force of Canada) as ADC to the GOC


Feb 19, 1918

To be ADC (Aide de Camp) on Personal Staff


Mar 13, 1918

To be Staff Captain from ADC


May 17, 1918

To be SOS establishment of 21st Battalion after 6 month absence


Sep 21, 1918

Admitted to IODE Hospital at Hyde Park Place (Framework, nose)


Oct 2, 1918

Discharged from hospital


Dec 1, 1918

Appointed to be Acting Major while employed as ADC


Jun 1, 1919

To be Temp Major


Jul 2, 1919

SOS OMFC on embarkation at Southampton for Canada


Jul 8, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia


Jul 19, 1919

Discharged from the army on General Demobilization


Nov 5, 1920

Awarded the French Medaille d' Honneur avec Glaives en Vermeil,  London Gazette #32113



Jul 6, 1946 Made a Member of the Order of the British Empire by authority of the Canadian Gazette #27, page 4416


Dec 9, 1968

Deceased Kingston Ontario 

Buried Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston Ontario 


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