Nicol, Wilfred Edward

He was the second son of Donald Ninian Nicol, MP of Ardmarnoch House, Tighnabruaich, Argyll, and of 80 Harley Street, London. His mother was Anne Nicol, daughter of Sir Edward Bates. Nicol was one of three Wykehamist brothers, another of whom, Lieutenant Donald Ninian Nicol (D1891-1896, Scots Guards), also died on active service in 1915; the other was Colin Victor Nicol (D1901-1904), who died in December 1915. Thus in the space of one year a whole generation of the family vanished.

He came to Winchester from the Reverend J L Seager’s school at Stevenage; played for two years in Commoner XV and rowed in the school IV in 1898-1899. In 1909 he went to Sandhurst and was gazetted into the Grenadiers later that year. He served for a short time in South Africa and from 1907 to 1911 was attached to the Macedonian and Turkish Gendarmerie, and was awarded the Order of the Medjidieh. He was promoted to Captain in 1908.

On the outbreak of war, he was sent to France with the 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards and in March 1915 was awarded the DSO for”gallantry and ability” at Neuve Chapelle.

On 1st October 1915 he died from wounds received a few days earlier at Loos, probably from shell-fire. Nicol is buried in Grave I.F.3 of the Chocques Military Cemetery near Bethune.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Nicol
  • Forenames or initials: Wilfred Edward
  • House: D
  • Years in School: 1896-1899
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Grenadier Guards
  • Date of Birth: 16th October 1882
  • Date of Death: 1st October 1915
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A6
  • Decoration: D.S.O.; Order of the Medjidieh