William McLean Nicoll, MM



Jun 25, 1895

Born at Glasgow Scotland


Nov 3, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59749 (temporary number 103)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Annie Nicoll Easton (sister) of 15 George St., Brockville Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Laborer

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkstone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


May 1, 1916

Granted leave until May 10


May 10, 1916

At duty from leave


Sep 15, 1916

Received shrapnel wounds to left leg during the fighting on The Somme


Sep 16, 1916

Admitted to No 3 Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne


Surgery performed to remove metal fragments


Sep 17, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Aberdonian


Posted to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Sep 19, 1916

Admitted to No 3 Scottish General Hospital (Oakbank War Hospital) at Glasgow Scotland


Oct 13, 1916

Transferred to Hillingdon House Convalescent Hospital at Uxbridge


Nov 4, 1916

Awarded 1 Good Conduct Badge


Nov 6, 1916

Discharged from hospital and TOS CCAC


Jan 18, 1917

Discharged from St Leonard’s and TOS 6th Reserve Battalion


Mar 6, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS 21st Battalion


Mar 31, 1917

Left CBD for 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Apr 2, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Apr 16, 1917

Left to join unit


Apr 17, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Jun 24, 1917

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance)


Jul 22, 1917

At duty from CFA


Aug 4, 1917

Admitted to No 4 CFA with an abscess in armpit


Aug 7, 1917

At duty from No 4 CFA


Aug 15, 1917

Killed In Action


Because his body was never located or identified, he is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France


Oct 18, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30340



Oct 5, 1920

Beginning on this date, and on subsequent dates, the following were sent to his father, Mr. JM Nicholl, at 14 Cambridge Dr., Glasgow Scotland 

British War Medal

Victory Medal

1914-15 Star

Military Medal

Plaque and Scroll 

There is a note that there was no Memorial Cross issued



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 William Nicoll 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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