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Donald Brown NICOL

Regimental number2453
Place of birthWickham, Newcastle, New South Wales
SchoolWoonona Superior Public School, New South Wales
AddressBulli, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 7"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Nicol, Hopetoun Street, Bulli, New South Wales
Previous military service37th Infantry; Served in the Senior Cadets, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date20 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 February 1916
Place of enlistmentShow Ground Camp, Sydney
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 15 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death20
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNine Elms British Cemetery (Plot IV, Row C, Grave No. 9), Poperinghe, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Archibald and Mary NICOL, "Ailsa Craig", Hopetown Street, Bulli, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 30 September 1916; admitted to ship's hospital (venereal disease), 11 October 1916; discharged from ship's hospital, 13 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 19 November 1916.

Admitted to hospital ('pain in right side'), Hurdcott, 12 December 1916.

Appointed acting corporal, Hurdcott, 13 April 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 April 1917.

Reverted to private, Etaples, 26 April 1917.

Taken on strength, 56th Bn, in the field, 30 April 1917.

Detached for duty with 1st Australian Tunneling Company, in the field, 16 September 1917; rejoined 55th Bn, 23 September 1917.

Wounded in action, 15 October 1917; admitted to 11th Field Ambulance ('gun shot wound mouth and both legs'), 15 October 1917; transferred to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station ('shrapnel wounds, both legs, left arm shattered'); died of wounds, 15 October 1917; buried at Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSuffered appendicitis 12 months prior to enlistment.
SourcesNAA: B2455, NICOL Donald Brown

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