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Robert William Nicol


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    Robert William AWMM
  • Surname
    Nicol AWMM
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  • Service number
    WWII 28526 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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About birth

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    10 May 1901 AWMM AWMM
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    • WW2 Pre 1940-1941 AWMM 151 Thorndon Quay, Wellington AWMM
    • WW2 Pre 1941 AWMM 151 Thorndon Quay, Wellington AWMM
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    • WW2 Mr. L. Coutts, 17 Homebush Rd., Khandallah, Wellington (friend) AWMM
    • WW2 Mrs. Nicol, c/o Simpson, 8 Craxbury Tce., South-ampton, England (m) AWMM
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    Army AWMM
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    WWII 28526 AWMM
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    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    10 May 1945 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Nicol, Robert William. (Ref. WO 373/11/623). Military Medal. AWMM

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  • Corporal R. W. Nicol, MM; born Scotland, 10 May 1901; watersider; wounded 25 Sep 1944; died Wellington, 14 Jul 1948. (Source: Cody, J.F. NZ Engineers, Middle East. p.620.)

    'On 6 Brigade front the right flanking unit was followed by Lieutenant Brown and his sappers leading the tanks. The route was via Cerbaia, then across the valley and on to the ridge that carries a road from Castellare to Cigoli between La Romola and San Michele. The infantry had found a soft spot in the defences and were soon out of sight and hearing of the sappers sweeping for mines in front of the tanks. It was a confused night, with no clear contact between front and rear. A blown crossroad where the track from Cerbaia met the Castellare road kept the sappers busy for some time in getting the tanks over. While waiting for further orders a section of infantry who had been covering the working engineers announced that there were enemy in the immediate vicinity. They had two wounded Germans to prove it, so, isolated and without instructions, the sappers decided to hunt enemy. At this point some men from 24 Battalion appeared with the information that they had collected a few Jerries from a house nearby and that there were no more about; and with no infantry, no tanks, and no orders Brown decided to return to the company lines. Lance-Corporal Nicol with his section had swept the road as far as the tanks wished to advance, then, leaving his men under cover, he went forward to report to the infantry commander before returning to the main party. While he was there a counter-attack appeared probable, shells were coming in from all sides and all the tanks except one were out of action. Nicol collected his men and brought them to a house where the men of C Company, 24 Battalion, had gathered. He had acquired a Bren gun by this time and took his position by one of the windows, where he exchanged shots with the advancing enemy.

    The Company was forced to fall back some distance to another house occupied by A Company, 24 Battalion. Nicol brought his men out safely and was later awarded an MM for his determination and example.' (Source: Cody, J.F. NZ Engineers, Middle East. p. 620.) AWMM
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  • Documents
    • Cody, J.F. (1961). New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.620. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.352 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.158 AWMM

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