William James Mitchell Nicol

Biography of William James Mitchell Nicol

Private William James Mitchell Nichol was born in New Cumnock and attended Cumnock Academy. He studied at the University, graduating MA in 1936. He was an active member of the University Union and was involved in publishing the magazine Ygorra. During summer vacations he contributed news items from the New Cumnock area to the local newspaper, the Cumnock Chronicle and contributing as a freelance journalist to newspapers in Glasgow.

After graduation, Nicol became editor of the Bangor Herald in Ireland. He was briefly employed at the local newspaper in Kirriemuir before joining the staff of the Ayrshire Post in 1938.

Nicol enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps in the summer of 1940 and he was employed doing clerical work for the Scottish Command. However he became seriously ill at the end of the year and died on 1 January 1941. He is remembered on the Ayr war memorial as well as the University Roll of Honour.


William James Mitchell Nicol
Born 17 April 1914, New Cumnock, Scotland.
Died 1 January 1941.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MA, 1936;
Father's Details: John Nicol; School master
War Service: Private, Royal Army Service Corps
Grave / Memorial: Ayr Cemetery, Ayrshire, Scotland
View Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
Record last updated: 18th Dec 2007

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