Nicol, Lieutenant Hector

No 33 Training Depot Station, RAF

Hector Nicol was born in Maheno, New Zealand, and was 29, a Railway Porter living in Middle Park, Victoria, when he joined the AFC in Melbourne on 6 December 1915. He left Melbourne on HMAT A67 Orsova on 16 March 1916. After service in Egypt with Nos 67 and 68 (Australian) Sqns, he was posted to England in January 1917, after which he served in various units before being sent to France in July. After a period with the 1st Anzac Wireless Unit, he returned to England in September for training as a Wireless Equipment Officer, after which he was commissioned and attached to No 22 Sqn RFC in March 1918. He also served with No 88 Sqn RAF in France before returning to England in June. He joined No 33 Training Depot Station at Witney in September.

He was killed in a motor accident at Salisbury on 16 October 1918, when the Ford car in which he was a passenger overturned on the London Road. The Coroner determined that the Ford was going too fast to negotiate a bend in the road.

Lt H Nicol is buried in Grave 136 at Stratford-sub-Castle (St Lawrence) Cemetery, Wiltshire, England.

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