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James Wilson Nicol

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Wilson AWMM
  • Surname
    Nicol AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Nic AWMM
  • Service number
    • 2267 AWMM
    • WWII NZD2267 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    2 July 1920 AWMM EskdaleHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 16 January 1941 AWMM Wairoa, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mother (details not known) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 January 1941 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 16 January 1941 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Butcher/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Cancer AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Disembarked on "Philomel" 30 December 1952

    Ships served on : Monowai and Manuka

    Served 12 years in the Royal New Zealand Navy

    Minesweeping was a major activity of the RNZN until June 1946, and mines were still occasionally being washed ashore for years afterwards.9 The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Military History). Monowai was named after a lake in wetsern Southland. Her work consisted mainly of escorting freughters, tankers, and liners in or near NZ waters while the threat of German raiders existed. She also made several voyages as troopship to Fiji. In January 1942 Monowai was attacked by the Japanese submarine 120. Once under enemy gunfire Monowai fired with her port side guns, her rounds just finding range as the submarine crash-dived. She then steamed at high speed through poorly charted waters to avoid possible torpedoes. Japanese records reveal that I20 had fired four torpedoes, but missed with all. Monowai was due for a refit in Auckland in 1943, but considered surplus in the Pacific she sailed for England where she would be of more use. (http://www.navy.mil.nz/ops/ship.cfm?ship_ID=34). The minesweeper "Manuka" was commissioned in 1942 on 30 March by Lt. Allan. These vessels known as LL minesweepers were fitted with electrical equipment to deal with magnetic mines. The 'double L' sweepers spent many months of monotous service on the New Zealand coast, lengthy spells of harbour duty being varied only by training cruises from port to port. The efficiency of their constant training was not put to practical test for no magnetic mines were ever found or suspected in New Zealand waters. (Official History of New Zealand at War: The Royal New Zealand Navy by S.D. Waters) AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    1997 AWMM
    Age 84 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Services Plot. Plot 102 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    New Zealand Herald 7 May 1997 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Record Book of Naval Personnel - c.1920-1945 - Lists Navy number, alphabetical list of names of ratings trained in England, numerical lists of officers. Archives New Zealand, R21346617, AAYT 8495 N12
    https://collections.archives.govt.nz/en-NZ/web/arena/search#/entity/aims-archive/R21346617
    Further Reference
  • References
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      New Zealand Herald 7 May 1997 AWMM
    • Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
      Cemetery register no. K 8 A AWMM
    • Royal New Zealand Navy List (c.1921-c.1970) - kindly provided by Ralph McNabb. This list was not collated by McNabb but was sourced from the Royal New Zealand Navy. AWMM
    • Royal New Zealand Navy List (c.1921-c.1970) - kindly provided by Ralph McNabb. This list was not collated by McNabb but was sourced from the Royal New Zealand Navy. AWMM
    • Record Book of Naval Personnel - c.1920-1945 - Lists Navy number, alphabetical list of names of ratings trained in England, numerical lists of officers. Archives New Zealand, R21346617, AAYT 8495 N12 AWMM

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