The Cumnock Chronicle

10th January 1941

From the Cumnock Chronicle of the 10th January 1941

Nicol - At a hospital, Edinburgh (after a short illness), on the 1st January, 1941, Pte. Wm. J. M. Nicol, R.A.S.C., aged 26 years, beloved husband of Molly Cannell, 8, Belvidere Terrace, Ayr, and younger son of Mr and Mrs John Nicol (late Headmaster Bank P.S.) and now of 1 Holmston Crescent, Ayr.



It is with deep regret that we note the death of Private Wm. J. M. Nicol, R.A.S.C., which occurred at a hospital in Edinburgh on New Year's Day. Mr. Nicol was the younger son of Mr and Mrs John Nicol, Holmston Crescent, Ayr, and formerly of Bank Schoolhouse.

He was a graduate of Glasgow University in Arts, distinguishing himself in his degree by taking Honours in History. During his 'Varsity career he was an active member of the Union and took considerable interest in the publication of the 'Varsity "Ygorra" Magazine. During his student days he evinced a keen interest in journalism, and during summer vacation periods he often assisted us in this office with his contributions of items of news from New Cumnock district. He did much freelance work for city papers, and after his graduation was appointed editor of the "Bangor Herald" in Ireland. For a brief period he was associated with the local paper in Kirriemuir, and then in 1938 joined the staff of the "Ayrshire Post" in Ayr.

It was from that office that he enlisted in the R.A.S.C. six months ago. His natural abilities were not long in beingnoted, and he was soon attached in a clerical capacity to the Scottish Command, and was finding his duties there both interesting and congenial. He turned seriously ill a few days before the New Year. His illness developed into acute pneumonia and a form of blood poisoning, and despite every effort, and the best of medical skill, he passed away on the first day of the year.

Mr Nicol was married only a year ago and is survived by his wife and a baby son. Mr Nicol was well known to everyone in New Cumnock. In his youth he was a keen footballer, and he followed the fortune of the 2Glens" with unfailing enthusiasm. A keen fisher, he spent many a night with rod and line on favourite stretches of local waters. He was a former pupil of Cumnock Academy.

The sympathy of our entire community will go out to his young widow, his parents and other relatives in their tragic loss of a young life of most excellent promise. Private Nicol was twenty-six years of age.


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