-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the Sinking of Hood, 24th May 1941

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Donald William Nicholl

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Date of birth: 19th July 1918
Parents: William and Annie Nicholl
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/SR 8161
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

"Aunty" as he was nicknamed, was born on 19th July 1918 in New South Wales, Australia. He was the only son of William and Annie Nicholl. The family later lived in Warley, Halifax. Yorkshire.

He was educated as a boarder at Crossley and Porter Orphange School in Halifax . He was a gifted sportsman who played cricket for King Cross Club and played rugby for 'Old Crossleyans' where he showed great prowess. His obituary in the Old Crossleyan says 'he saved many a bad situation'. and described him as modest, self-confident and self-reliant with a rare depth of character.

At school he was an above average scholar who at age 21 became a Chartered Secretary and held the intermediate Bachelor of Commerce Degree.The final part would have been taken in July 1941.

He was 22 years old at the time of his loss.




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Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England


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Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England


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Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Gillian Highley (photo & information, April 2009)