Ben Nicol

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no: Clyde 2/164
  • Rank: Petty Officer
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  • Regiment/Service: Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve
  • Unit/Ship: Hood Battalion, R.N.Div
  • Place of Death: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Age at Death: 23
  • Date of Death: 06.06.1915
  • Burial Country: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Cemetery: Helles Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 8 to 15

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 63 Victoria Road, Dundee
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  • Mother:
  • Father:

    James Nicol, 63 Victoria Rd, Dundee

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More about Ben Nicol

Ben has no known grave but is remembered on the Helles Memorial.

Benjamin Nicol   Petty Officer   C2-164   Hood Bn   R.N.D.

THE GREAT SACRIFICE.

A letter from the Admiralty to his aged mother in Dundee conveys the sad intelligence that Petty Officer Ben Nicol had been killed in action at the Dardanelles.  Petty Officer Nicol was well known in Broughty Ferry, where he carried on a boot and shoe business in King Street.  Three years ago he joined the Volunteer Naval Reserve, and was at Antwerp with the Hood Battalion.  After further training at Devonport he went with the battalion to the Dardanelles, and in a letter home recently he told of three narrow escapes he had had in the trenches at Gallipoli Peninsula.  He was shot through the cap, and later a bullet went through his tunic, and the third experience was when he was about to lift a tankard to his mouth to drink, the tankard was clean shot out of his hand.  The fourth, apparently, has proved fatal.  He was only 22 years of age, and was very popular in Broughty Ferry.

Broughty Ferry Guide 25th June 1915

NICOL—Killed in action at the Dardanelles, on 6th June, Petty Officer Benjamin Nicol, Royal Naval Division, youngest son of Mr and Mrs James Nicol 63 Victoria Road.

Dundee People’s Journal 26th June 1915

Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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