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War Records 1914-18

Private John S Nairne

Corporal Kenneth F C Newton

Lieutenant Alexander Nicol

Lance Corporal Charles Nicol

Sapper John Nicol

Signaller J W Nicholson

Gunner Alexander Noble

Private D Noble

Private R Noble

Private Thomas Noble

Surname N

Surname Forename Rank Home Relationship
Nairne John S Private  Avoch  
Newton Kenneth F C Corporal London  
Nicol Alexander Lieutenant Dingwall Brothers 1
Nicol Charles 2/Lieutenant Canada
Nicol John Sapper NZ ex-Dingwall  1
Nicol Thomas Private Canada
Nicholson J W Signaller East Stanley  
Noble Alexander Gunner Cullicudden  
Noble D Private Killearnan Brothers 2
Noble R Private Killearnan  2
Noble Thomas Private Conon  

Date of Paper:  06.07.1917
Surname:  Nairne
First Name(s):  John S.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Lovat Scouts / Gordon Highlanders
Home Address:  Rosehaugh, Avoch

Mr and Mrs James Nairne, Rosehaugh, as reported recently, have been officially notified a few days ago that their son, Pte. John S. Nairne, was dangerously wounded during an advance on the Western Front. For two days and nights he lay in a shell hole before being picked up. So severe were his injuries that on arrival at hospital it was found necessary to amputate both his legs - one above the knee and one below. Two fingers on the right hand were blown off, also a number of other wounds on the right arm and side. He is now in Netley Hospital, and from all accounts is making a favourable recovery. Pte. Nairne, prior to enlisting in the Lovat Scouts about a year ago, was on the staff of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Inverness, where he was held in the greatest esteem by his employers and fellow workmen. He was educated at the Fortrose Academy, and there had a very successful career. After serving some time in the Scouts, he was transferred to the Gordon Highlanders.
Mr and Mrs Nairne, who paid a visit to Netley Hospital to see him, found him bright and cheerful under the circumstances. He told them that he owed his life to his own presence of mind, when lying in the shell hole, to keep his feet up and so prevent loss of blood, and to his wearing a body shield. His pocket book and kilt were riddled with bullets. It is sincerely hoped that he may make a speedy recovery, and although maimed, may yet be able for his former work in civil life.
A photograph appears today.

Date of Paper:  08.06.1917
Surname:  Newton
First Name(s):  Kenneth F. C.
Rank:  Corporal
Regiment:  Trench Mortar Battery, Seaforths
Home Address:  162, Plasket Grove, East Ham, London, E.6

Many of the original B.E.F. Ross-shire Seaforths will learn with deep regret the death in action of Corpl. Kenneth F. C. Newton, Trench Mortar Battery, which took place on the 24th April, 1917, on the Western Front. Corpl. Newton was the son of Mr and Mrs Newton, 162 Plasket Grove, East Ham, London, E.6.
Leaving school, the Emmanuel College, Wandsworth, S.W., at 18 years, he joined the 1/4th Seaforths in September 1914, and was in B. Company when his battalion - the first to leave its war station for France - proceeded to the front on November 5, 1914. He was with his comrades at Neuve Chapelle and Aubers Ridge in 1915, and withstood the hardships of three winters in the trenches without complaint or spoken grievance. It is sixteen months since he was last home on leave, and his parents were anxiously hoping that his 21st birthday would have seen him once again in the home circle.
A brave and intrepid, although youthful, soldier, loving and beloved, with strong home instincts, and the soul of honour, his memory will be cherished by many Seaforths, whose sincere sympathy will go out to the bereaved parents, whose only son he was.
The Captain of the Trench Mortar Battery to which he was attached, says: "I deeply regret to inform you that your son, Corporal K. F. C. Newton, of this Battery, was killed in the heavy fighting on the afternoon of the 24th. He accompanied the officer in charge of his detachment on a reconnaissance of a very difficult and dangerous enemy position from which our troops were being held up by a party of snipers; and, while crossing the open, Kenneth was shot through the head and killed instantaneously. His death was a tremendous blow to the Battery, and from our own grief we can form some idea of what his loss will be to you. Please accept for yourself and for the other members of the family our very deepest sympathy.
"As an N.C.O. your son was in a class by himself. All his work was done with exceptional thoroughness and care; and no one could help being struck by his constant and ungrudging efforts in the service of the battery and by his steadfast devotion to duty. He gave himself at all times without hesitation and without reserve to the work that came to his hands. His place will be hard indeed to fill; for we had come to rely upon him in every emergency, and he never failed to rise to any task. It may be of some help to you in your sorrow to know that he was recommended for recognition in the New Year Honours, but for some reason or other his award did not come through. And if he had survived he would certainly have been recommended for the day's work in which he met his death. I had also written to his battalion asking them to put him forward for nomination to an Officer's Cadet School with a view to promotion to a commission. If he had only lived the splendid work of the last two years might have been more adequately rewarded. But, after all, the truest reward lies in the knowledge that the work was done, and that your son's life was continually devoted to the highest ends. He lived and died a brave soldier and a good man.
"Owing to the peculiar difficulties of the situation, the officer who was with him was unable to recover any of his personal belongings that afternoon, and as our place was taken a few hours later by another division, we were withdrawn before any opportunity arose. The Commanding Officer of the relieving unit, however, promised faithfully to have his body taken in and his belongings forwarded to us as soon as the exigencies of the situation would permit. We shall write you again, therefore, in a few days, and by then we hope to be able to send any little things of value that he carried with him."
Mrs Newton will be grateful to anyone who can afford her further particulars of her son's burial.

Date of Paper:  20.09.1918 and 21.02.1919
Surname:  Nicholson
First Name(s):  J. W.
Rank:  Signaller
Regiment:  8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:  45, East Street, East Stanley, County Durham

As recently reported, information is anxiously wanted regarding 18762 Signaller J. W. Nicholson ('Willie'), Seaforths, who was trained at Cromarty and went to France in October 1917, being then attached to a Service Battalion. He has been reported by his comrades as wounded and missing on 6th August 1918. Any information will be gladly received by his father and mother, Mr and Mrs G. Nicholson, 45 East Street, East Stanley, County Durham. Signaller Nicholson was a great personal friend of the late Cpl. Dan Fraser, Seaforths, Dingwall, who, as reported last week, has been killed in action.
Signaller Nicholson will be 20 years of age on September 25. Before joining up he was a teacher in the Deaf and Dumb School, Newcastle. A comrade, L.-Corpl. Ronald Mackenzie, writing to the mother, says that Sig. Nicholson was in the first attack on July 28 (the other date is given as August 6), and that he was known to have been wounded and was missing. A photo appears today.
Mr and Mrs G. Nicholson, 45 East Street, East Stanley, County Durham, have received official intimation of the death of their son, Signaller J. W. ('Willie') Nicholson, 8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, whose photograph is published on this page, went missing in July last, and information as to his whereabouts was eagerly sought by his parents. On 30th January, Mr and Mrs Nicholson, after many weary months of cruel anxiety, received official news from Perth that Willie had been wounded in action on July 28th, 1918, at Bouzancy, and that he had died the following day in a German Reserve Field Hospital at La Now, and is buried in the military cemetery there. Much sympathy is felt for the sorrowing parents, who have been compelled to pass through such a terrible ordeal, always hoping that their son would turn up in the end. Signaller Nicholson joined the Seaforths in 1917 at the age of 18 years, and after training at Cromarty, he was drafted to France in October of the same year. Only 20 years of age, he was, prior to enlisting, a teacher in the Deaf and Dumb School, Newcastle.

Date of Paper:  17.11.1915
Surname:  Noble
First Name(s):  Alexander
Rank:  Gunner
Regiment:  Royal Garrison Artillery
Home Address Brae:  Cullicudden, Conon Bridge

Mr A. Noble, farmer, Brae, Cullicudden, has received intimation that his son, Gunner Alexander Noble, Royal Garrison Artillery, was wounded in action by gunshot would through left chest on the 16th October, and admitted to the General Hospital Boulogne. He is now in an English hospital, and progressing favourably.

Date of Paper:  30.11.1917 and 11.10.1918
Surname:  Nicol
First Name(s):  Alexander
Rank:  Lieutenant
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Struan House, Dingwall

Lieut. Alexander Nicol, Seaforths, son of the late Mr Nicol, and Mrs Nicol, Struan House, Dingwall, was wounded in the fighting in France on the 20th November. On Friday his mother received a private telegram from him, while on Saturday two official messages were received conveying the information that he was seriously ill, suffering from a bullet wound in the chest, and was in a general hospital in France. On Monday a letter, written by Lieut. Nicol himself, conveyed a reassuring message, and indicated that the bullet had gone "clean through" without hitting a vulnerable part in its course. In good spirits he held out hopes of an early return to Blighty.
Lt. Nicol is well known to Seaforths. Receiving a commission in 1915, he had his first taste of heavy fighting just a year ago at Beaumont Hamel. Subsequently he returned home with a severely sprained ankle, and for a time was with the Reserve Battalion in England, where he specialised in certain courses. Returning to the Western front some considerable time ago, he was posted to another Territorial battalion in which there is more than one Ross-shire officer, and he was in the thick of a historic and successful fight when he was hit.
Before joining up, Lt. Nicol carried on the business formerly conducted by his late father. Its wide connections in the Black Isle - the home of the family - and elsewhere made him widely known. Energetic and capable, obliging, and frank, and friendly, he was much respected and esteemed, and his many friends far and near will wish for him a speedy recovery.
Mrs Nicol has other sons on active service, and photographs of all three appear today.
Sapper John Nicol, of the New Zealand Field Force, the eldest son, went to New Zealand some thirteen years ago. At the outbreak of war he offered himself for service but was rejected. Determined to assist the home country, he made several unsuccessful attempts to enlist, but it was not until his fifth effort that he was accepted. He was placed in the tunnelling section of a pioneer battalion, and ultimately crossed to France, where he has been on active service for over a year. Prior to leaving Dingwall he was engaged in his deceased father's business as a wine and spirit merchant.
The youngest son, Lance Corporal Charles Nicol, belongs to the Canadians, and he has seen over eighteen months service in France. A banker by profession, he was trained in the Dingwall branch of the Bank of Scotland (late Caledonian Bank) under the late Mr Ben Aird. Some years ago he received a banking appointment in Canada, and at the outbreak of war was serving in British Columbia. Lce.-Cpl. Nicol, who belongs to a machine gun section, has been through many engagements, through which he has come scathless. This year his work was recognised by those in command and he has received the Military Medal and the Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery and devotion to duty. He was the first Canadian to gain both honours.

Mrs Nicol, Struan House, Dingwall, received information from the Canadian Records at the end of the week that her youngest son, 2/Lt. Chas. Nicol, Canadian Seaforths, has been missing, believed killed, since the 29th September. A post card of that date had already been received from Lt. Nicol, which was taken to indicate that he had returned up the line. The Canadians, it will be recalled, have taken a prominent part in the tremendous struggle which has been raging in the Cambrai sector. More particular information as to the circumstances under which Lieut. Nicol was lost to his unit has not yet come to hand. The hope will be general, however, ominous as the message received may be, that some chance remains that at worst he has been made prisoner of war.
Lieut. Nicol has had two and half years of service with the colours, and has greatly distinguished himself in the Canadian Army. He holds the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal. Individual acts of bravery to merit attention in the Canadians have a characteristic all their own, and it adds to the worth of the decorations which he won that Lieut. Nicol should have been the first soldier in the whole Canadian Army to be awarded both these medals. He was a ranker in those days. This year he returned home, and, passing through the cadet course with distinction, received his commission in the Canadian Seaforths, the unit he selected, as a Ross-shire man, on joining up. His course was completed some time ago. In August last Mrs Nicol had the pleasure of having three soldier sons at home together on leave. After serving an apprenticeship in the Tulloch Street branch of the Bank of Scotland, then the Caledonian Bank, some years ago, Lt. Nicol went to Canada, and held an important position in the banking profession in British Columbia. His eldest brother, Pte. John Nicol, New Zealanders, has been on active service for a long time;
Lieut. Alexander Nicol, another brother, was severely wounded in the battle of Cambrai last year, and is at present on duty with a Seaforth battalion in this country. Pte. Thomas Nicol, Canadians, the third son, went to France this year.
All are sons of the late Bailie Nicol, Dingwall, whose memory continues to be held in the highest respect.

Date of Paper:  10.11.1917 and 11.10.1918
Surname:  Nicol
First Name(s):  Charles
Rank:  L/Corpl.
Regiment:  Canadian Seaforths
Home Address:  Canada (formerly Struan House, Dingwall)

Date of Paper:  10.11.1917 and 11.10.1918
Surname:  Nicol
First Name(s):  John
Rank:  Sapper
Regiment:  New Zealand Field Force
Home Address:  New Zealand (formerly Struan House, Dingwall)

Date of Paper:  10.11.1917 and 11.10.1918
Surname:  Nicol
First Name(s):  Thomas
Rank: Private
Regiment:  Canadian Seaforths
Home Address:  Canada (formerly Struan House, Dingwall)

No photo available

Note:  In 2016 an email was received from New Zealand questioning the rank of John Nicol, a tunneller with the NZ Forces, and giving a great deal of information about his service record and his life in that country.  RCHS greatly regrets that this information was accidentally deleted and therefore it is not possible to include relevant details in the section on the Nicol family.

Date of Paper:  29.10.1915
Surname:  Noble
First Name(s):  D.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Not Stated
Home:  Address Manse Park, Killearnan

No entry.
[Handwritten notes: "Pte. R. Noble missing France July 1917. Pte. D. Noble in Salonica April 1918. See Mrs Macdonald, Killearnan."]

Date of Paper:  29.10.1915
Surname:  Noble
First Name(s):  R.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Not Stated
Home Address  -Manse Park, Killearnan

No entry.
[Handwritten notes: "Pte. R. Noble missing France July 1917. Pte. D. Noble in Salonica April 1918. See Mrs Macdonald, Killearnan."]

Date of Paper:  05.10.1917
Surname:  Noble
First Name(s):  Thomas
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Canadians
Home Address:  Canada (formerly Balloan, Conon Bridge)

There is reproduced today a photograph of Private Thomas Noble, Canadians, who, as already reported, was killed in action in France on 15th August last. The son of Mr and Mrs Noble, Balloan, Conon Bridge, before going to Canada he was for six and a half years in the employment of Messrs Paterson & Co., coal merchants, Dingwall, and was much respected in the town and district. A fine, promising young man - he was 29 years of age - his death is much regretted, and deep sympathy is felt with the family.
Lt. Taylor, an officer of Pte. Noble's company, in a letter to his father, says: "It is with very deep regret that I have to confirm the news of your son's death. He was killed while advancing to the attack, being hit soon after leaving our own front line. Death was instantaneous and you will be happier to know that he did not suffer. Consolation is in the fact, Mr Noble, that he died doing his duty. No man can do more than this, and he has set us all a fine example to follow. In losing your son we have lost a good comrade and fine soldier, and the whole company join me in tendering to you their deepest sympathy in your great loss. Your son was buried with others near the spot where he fell. The grave will be well looked after, and you may be sure that whenever we are near the vicinity special attention will be given by us to do all that is possible in this respect. Assuring you once more, Mr Noble, of our deepest sympathy."

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