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Identifying a regiment Great Grandfather John McNicol
« on: Monday 15 March 21 15:16 GMT (UK) »
Hi, I was wondering if anyone could help me identify the uniform my Great Grandfather John McNicol is wearing in these pictures, for example, what regiment/battalion he was part of. The picture is from the First World War and he grew up in Largs, North Ayrshire.

If anyone has any tips on where I could begin my research, that would be very helpful as all I currently have are these two pictures.

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Re: Identifying a regiment Great Grandfather John McNicol
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 17 March 21 21:38 GMT (UK) »
I am not very good at identifying Scottish regiments (which he is wearing without doubt) but if you go to www.thegazette.co.uk and type in "John McNicol" and refine the dates to 01/01/1915 to 31/12/1918 there are only a few John McNicols. I think the most likely would be the one mentioned in The London Gazette of 24 Sep 1915, Supplement 29309 Page 9540. "The Highland Light Infantry ...The undermentioned to be Second Lieutenants. Dated 28th September, 1915:- Lance-Corporal John McNicol, from the Lowland Divisional Train, Army Service Corps".
The London Gazette of 5 Feb 1918, Supplement 30514, Page 1802 has, "Awarded the Military Cross ... Page 41.- 2nd Lt (A./Capt.) John McNicoll Sea[forth] High[lander]s". But, aside from his surname being spelt 'll' at the end, I am certain the man in your photos is not wearing the very distinctive cap badge of that Regiment.
There are plenty of other clues such as his tartan trews, his headdress, his collar badges but, as I said, I am not very good with identifying Scottish uniforms.
The final candidate was in the Royal Garrison Artillery so it cannot be him. Hopefully another member can help here.
Good luck with your research.
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Re: Identifying a regiment Great Grandfather John McNicol
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 17 March 21 23:36 GMT (UK) »
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Re: Identifying a regiment Great Grandfather John McNicol
« Reply #3 on: Monday 22 March 21 15:07 GMT (UK) »
In both photos he is wearing the uniform of an officer in the Royal Scots.  The bonnet badges and collar badges refer.


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Re: Identifying a regiment Great Grandfather John McNicol
« Reply #4 on: Monday 22 March 21 16:14 GMT (UK) »
Frogsmile's input reinforces the conclusion we came to on the other thread

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