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Private Alexander Caddle McNicol
Male 1885 - 1916


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  • Prefix  Private 
    Birth  16 Dec 1885  Glasgow, , Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Honoured  McNichol Dr., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    McNichol Drive named in his honour 
    Military  WW1 
    Residence  1891  Barony, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Military  1914  WW1 Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    WW1, Private 
    Misfortune  21 Jun 1916  , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    died of wounds in WW1 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-66894 
    Died  21 Jun 1916  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried  Kensal Green (All Soul's') Cemetery, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I66894  Generations
    Last Modified  30 Apr 2017 

    Father  Alexander Caddel McNicol,   b. 7 Sep 1855, Calton, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1917, , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Annie Kay,   b. 1855, Glasgow, , Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1918, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F17454  Group Sheet

    Family  Alice S. Justice,   b. Abt 1885,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  19 Nov 1900  Glasgow, , Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Alexander McNicol,   b. 1910, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1917, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. David McNicol,   b. 1912, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1917, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Alice Thoms McNicol,   b. 2 Jul 1912, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1917, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Nellie McNicol,   b. Jun 1916, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1917, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F52499  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Unimaginable grief' when two mothers lose four sons

      Ten local soldiers were killed 100 years ago, capturing a ruined French village on the Western Front.

      It was among the bloodiest days this community endured in the First World War and it happened Sept. 15, 1916, at the Somme battlefield.

      The telegrams reached home three weeks later. Two mothers suffered the most.

      Harriet Carthy learned that her son Percy was killed in action. That's after his brother Eric was killed in an earlier skirmish. Annie McNicol learned that her son James was killed in action. That's after his brother Alexander died of his wounds following an earlier skirmish.

      Percy and James climbed out of the trenches at 6:24 a.m. They were in the first wave to attack the German front line, aiming for the ruins of Courcelette.

      James, 22, checked train cars before he enlisted. He was a cheerful man who played in the battalion band. "I knew there was something wrong," Annie said, absorbing the terrible news. She hadn't received a letter from her son in three weeks....

      'Unimaginable grief' when two mothers lose four sons. (2016). Therecord.com. Retrieved 15 September 2016, from http://www.therecord.com/news-story/6858427--unimaginable-grief-when-two-mothers-lose-four-sons/

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      Alexander McNicol: Private Alexander Caddle McNicol was born in Glasgow, Scotland on December 16th, 1885. Prior to the First World War, Pvt. McNicol and his wife Alice lived in Guelph with their four children, where he worked as a tailor. According to his Attestation Papers, at the time of his enlistment, Pvt. McNicol was 29 years old, had blue eyes, black hair, and was 5 feet 6 inches tall. According to records, the McNicol family lived in Guelph, on Edinburgh Road before Pvt. McNicol went off to War; however, it seems as though after he was deployed, his wife Alice moved the children to live nearer her remaining family in Galt. During his service in Europe, Pvt. McNicol was attached to the 13th Battalion. Unfortunately, according to the CEF Commonwealth Grave Registry, Pvt. McNichol died on June 21, 1916 at St. Bartholemew's Hospital in London from wounds he sustained during fighting. He was buried in All Saints Cemetery in London. His death would not be the only tragedy for the McNicol family during this time. According to a newspaper clipping from the Guelph Mercury, the Galt home of Mrs. McNicol caught fire on April 5th, 1917. The fire completely destroyed the house, and killed all four of the McNicol children, leaving Mrs. McNicol to be the last surviving member of the family.

      McNicol, Alexander . (2016). Guelphpl.ca. Retrieved 15 September 2016, from https://www.guelphpl.ca/archives/famous_person.cfm?id=290

  • Sources 
    1. [S1546] Census - Scotland - 1891, Reg No. 644/9, Reg Dist.Kelvin, Ed 90, Household 23, Lin 23, Roll: CSSCT1891_279, Glasgow Barony, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
      Alexr. McNicol 37 b. Glasgow
      Annie 36
      Lizzie 11
      Annie 9 b. Stirling, Stirlingshire
      Mary 7 b. Glasgow
      Isabella 9 mo.
      Alexr 5


    2. [S122] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Mount View CC#4495 Internet Link .
      South: Alex C. McNicol/ wounded/ Battle of Ypes/ June 13, 1916/ died June 21, 1916/ Bugler J. McNicol/ killed in action/ Battle of Somme/ Sept. 15, 1916

    3. [S2231] Military - Kitchener Public Library - Soldier Information Card Collection - World War One.

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 16 Dec 1885 - Glasgow, , Lanark, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHonoured - McNichol Drive named in his honour - - McNichol Dr., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1891 - Barony, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Nov 1900 - Glasgow, , Lanark, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - died of wounds in WW1 - 21 Jun 1916 - , England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Jun 1916 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Kensal Green (All Soul's') Cemetery, London, England Link to Google Earth
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