-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

Updated 08-May-2014

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of

Photo of Able Seaman Donald William Nicholl, courtesy of Gillian Highley, April 2009

Service: Royal Naval Special Reserve
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/SR 8161
Date Joined Hood: Unknown
Biographical Information: "Aunty" as he was nicknamed, was born on 19 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. We have no additional information.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 49, Column 1 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Warley Cemetery, Halifax (on his parents' grave)
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
None at this time.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Gillian Highley (photo & information, April 2009)
‘Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings’ (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)