Donald Brown Nicol

First Name: 
Donald
Middle Name: 
Brown
Last Name: 
Nicol
Mother's Name: 
Mary Nicol (nee Brown)
Father's Name: 
Archibald Nicol
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, February 28, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Corporal
Unit: 
56th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Monday, October 15, 1917
Place of Death: 
Polygon Wood, Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Wounded and died in action
Details: 

Donald Nicol (Service No 2453) was born at Wickham, Newcastle, N.S.W. around 1897.

He attended Wonoona Superior Public School, N.S.W. and spent 1 year in 37th Infantry CMF.  At the time of enlistment he was a single 18 year old clerk.

Donald embarked on HMAT A60 Aeneas with the 5th Reinforcement, 56th Battalion on 30th September 1916.

On 13th April 1917 he was promoted to Corporal and joined his unit in France on 25th April 1917.  Donald was briefly seconded to the 1st Australian Tunneling Company for a week in September 1917, after which he returned to his unit.  While engaged in the battle for Polygon Wood on 15th October 1917 he was wounded and evacuated to 11th Field Ambulance, then to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station with serious wounds to his mouth,  both legs and a shattered left arm.

Donald died of these wounds the same day.  He is buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinghe Belgium. Plot IV, Row C, Grave 9.

His service and sacrifice is commemorated on the Bulli-Woonona War Memorial.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, NICOL DONALD BROWN

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