David Bruce Nicol

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Captain David Bruce Nicol, R.N., Retired (13 February, 1888 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Swansea, Nicol gained two and a half months' time on passing out of Britannia and being appointed to join the battleship Magnificent on 15 January, 1904.[1]

Nicol was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 January, 1909.[2]

Nicol was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 037 on 23 December, 1911. She would be involved in the West River Patrol in China under his command until he was ordered to leave China and proceed to England in March, 1914. He arrived on 18 April, and on 5 June, 1914 was appointed to the armoured cruiser Carnarvon.[3]

Great War

In mid-1915, Nicol applied for command of a destroyer. On 3 February, 1916, he was appointed in command of the River Class destroyer Foyle. In mid-1916, he exchanged this command for that of Peyton then quickly over to Garland before finally settling in command of the newly commissioned "R" Class destroyer Romola on 24 July, 1916. Nicol was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 January, 1917 and continued to serve in Romola until late January, 1918 when he was sent to oversee completion of H.M.S. Walrus.[4]

Interbellum

Nicol was appointed in command of the destroyer Walrus on 28 January, 1918.[5]

Nicol was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1923.[6]

Nicol was appointed as executive officer in the light cruiser Dragon on 14 November, 1924.[7]

Nicol was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 2 March, 1934.[8]

World War II

Nicol was appointed additional to the old armed merchant cruiser Edinburgh Castle, on 31 July, 1941, to take command vice Palmer. He would also have command of King Pom. In September or October, 1941, he would again follow in Palmer's footsteps and be appointed in command of H.M.S. Okapi and H.M.S. Eland. What followed is unclear, but he was re-appointed in Eland, only, on 11 March, 1942.[9]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles E. Maconochie
Captain of H.M. T.B. 058
6 Dec, 1909[10][11] – 23 Dec, 1911[12]
Succeeded by
James Jenkins
Preceded by
Thomas L. Barnardiston
as Captain of H.M. T.B. 37
Captain of H.M. T.B. 037
23 Dec, 1911[13] – Mar, 1914[14]
Succeeded by
Valentine M. Wyndham-Quin
Preceded by
Henry D. C. Stanistreet
Captain of H.M.S. Foyle
3 Feb, 1916[15] – 8 Jun, 1916[16]
Succeeded by
Richard G. Bowyer
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Peyton
8 Jun, 1916[17] – 8 Jul, 1916
Succeeded by
Reginald S. Goff
Preceded by
Reginald S. Goff
Captain of H.M.S. Garland
c. Jun, 1916[18] – 8 Jul, 1916[19]
Succeeded by
Eric J. Shelley
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Romola
24 Jul, 1916[20][21] – 28 Jan, 1918[22]
Succeeded by
Edward C. Thornton
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Walrus
28 Jan, 1918[23] – 20 Apr, 1921[24]
Succeeded by
Francis Howard
Preceded by
George E. L. Atwood
Captain of H.M.S. Undine
2 Aug, 1921[25] – 14 Feb, 1922[26]
Succeeded by
Cecil R. E. W. Perryman
Preceded by
Cecil R. E. W. Perryman
Captain of H.M.S. Wild Swan
14 Feb, 1922[27][28] – 6 Jul, 1923[29]
Succeeded by
Kenneth G. Ramsey
Preceded by
Francis H. G. Walker
Captain of H.M.S. Worcester
8 Oct, 1923[30]c. Oct, 1923[31]
Succeeded by
Richard M. Welby
Preceded by
Richard M. Welby
Captain of H.M.S. Serapis
late Oct, 1923[32] – 4 Nov, 1924[33]
Succeeded by
Martin J. C. de Meric
Preceded by
The Hon. George Fraser
Captain of H.M.S. Wryneck
21 Oct, 1925[34] – 31 Dec, 1926[35]
Succeeded by
Philip J. Mack
Preceded by
Cuthbert H. Heath-Caldwell
Captain of H.M.S. Constance
27 Oct, 1932[36] – 24 Aug, 1933[37]
Succeeded by
Ernest R. Archer
Preceded by
Edwin M. Palmer
Captain of H.M.S. Edinburgh Castle
31 Jul, 1941[38] – 16 Oct, 1941[39]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  2. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  3. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  4. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  5. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 897.
  6. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  7. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  8. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  9. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  10. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 401a.
  11. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  12. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  13. The Navy List. (February, 1914). p. 385.
  14. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  15. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  16. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  17. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  18. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  19. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  20. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  21. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 397o.
  22. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  23. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 897.
  24. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  25. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  26. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  27. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  28. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 843.
  29. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  30. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  31. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  32. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 269.
  33. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  34. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  35. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  36. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  37. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  38. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.
  39. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.