1899 Jun 28 Born
1914 Enlisted into the Seaforth Highlanders in 1914 at the age of 15 years and three months and found himself serving in France, at one time attached to an RE Tunnelling Company at Albert, before his true age was discovered and he was discharged and returned to the UK. 1914/15 Star '2166 Pte Sea Highrs',
1915 May 1. Landed in France
1917 Nov 30. At the age of 18 he was awarded the DSM for service as a Wireless Observer operating in Seaplanes. The King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the following honours, decorations and medals to Officers and Men for services in action with enemy submarines :To receive the Distinguished Service Medal. Air Mech., 2nd Gr., Edward May Nicol, O.N. F18942
1920 Aug 20. Joined ADRIC with service no 282
1921 Feb 25. Coolavohig Ambush .
1922 Jan 18 He was one of 6 representitives of ADRIC men to sign the Dispersal Terms
1939 Sep 11. Edward May Nicol, D.S.M. (7346$).
1941 Mar 19. MID - Ft Lt. E. M. Nicol, D.S.M. (73469), R.A.F.V.R
1942 Nov 14. The undermentioned are granted the rank of Sqn. Ldr. (war subs.): — Sqn. Ldrs. (tempy.): — E. M. Nicol, D.S.M. (73469).
1944 He was involved in Operation Big Ben, the evacuation of the Air Ministry Dominion and Allied Air Force HQ and certain RAF units from London. I suspect this is why he got MBE
1945 Jun 14. Military MBE awarded : Acting Wing Commander Edward May Nicol, D.S.M. (73469), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
A political career as Conservative member and later parliamentary candidate for Rochdale.
Free Mason . 9 carat gold Masonic Jewel by Spencer of London
1954 Aug 3. Relinquishes his commission. Squadron Leaders, retaining the rank of Wing Commander:— E. M. Nicol, D.S.M., M.B.E. (73469).