Wednesday 25 May 2011

Acting-Lance-Corporal Robert Nicol

Born on 7 June 1886 in Forfer, Scotland - husband of Bessie Nicol, Westboro, Ontario - son of Mrs. James Nicol, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: carpenter; single; currently a member of the 43rd Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles (six years); no previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 7.5 inches; chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded - at the time of his enlistment in 1919: brown complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 19 January 1915 (number 410372) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 18 November 1916 - invalided to England on 14 December 1916 - later served as an acting-sergeant with the Canadian Engineers - discharged on 10 April 1919.

Joined the Corps of Military Staff Clerks as a sergeant in Ottawa, Ontario, on 20 June 1919.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force)

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