Sunday 22 May 2011

Private William Nicoll

Born on 11 June 1890 in Castle-Fraser, Sauchen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland - son of William Nicoll, Sr., Castle-Fraser, Sauchen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: student; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 8 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; light hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on 5 April 1915 (number 4111105) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 16 July 1915 - killed in action on 3 February 1917 - buried in Écoivres Military Cemetery (grave IV.C.16), France.

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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