Angus Dacres Nicholl DSO, RN

Born  17 Nov 1896London, Middlesex, United Kingdom
Died  12 Apr 1977(80)Portsmouth, England

Capt. Nicholl on the deck of Duke of York


1 Jan 1915 Mid.
1 Jan 1917 A/S.Lt.
15 Mar 1917 S.Lt.
15 May 1918 A/Lt.
15 Aug 1918 Lt.
15 Aug 1926 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1932 Cdr.
30 Jun 1939 Capt.
10 Jul 1948 Rear-Admiral

Retired: 8 May 1951


20 Feb 1942 DSO
5 Jun 1942 CBE
8 Sep 1942 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
2 Jan 1950 CB

Warship Commands listed for Angus Dacres Nicholl, RN

HMS Penelope (97)Capt.Light cruiser15 Apr 194115 Jun 1942
HMS Duke of York (17)Capt.Battleship1 Sep 194431 Jul 1946

Career information

Capt. Nicholl recieving princesses Margaret and Elizabeth (right) on the Deck of battleship Duke of York.

Events related to this officer

Light cruiser HMS Penelope (97)

21 Oct 1941
HMS Penelope arrived at Malta to join Force "K".

1 Dec 1941
Acting on an ULTRA intercept, a British force sailed from Malta in the evening of 30 November with the British light cruisers HMS Neptune (Capt. R.C. O'Conor, RN), HMS Aurora (Capt. W.G. Agnew, RN), HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D. McCarthy, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Penelope (Capt. A.D. Nicholl, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Kimberley (Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, DSO, RN), HMS Kingston (Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Lively (Lt.Cdr. W.F.E. Hussey, DSC, RN).
At 0330 hrs of 1/12 the British intercept and sink the Italian transport Adriatico (1976 GRT) then proceed towards the Libyan coast.
At a point 60 nautical miles north-north-west of Tripoli, Libya, Penelope, Aurora and Lively intercept a small convoy consisting of the Italian oiler Iridio Mantovani (10540 GRT) escorted by the Italian destroyer Alvise da Mosto (2125 tons) and sink both.

19 Mar 1942
In the aftermath of the Battle of the Syrte, attempted towing the damaged Breconshire (9776 GRT) into port, but the freighter sank before reaching safe waters.

20 Mar 1942
In the period between 20-30 March 1942, Axis air attacks on Malta were extremely heavy. Ammunition expenditure by Penelope during the 10-day period amounted to 6.500 rounds of 102 mm (4") and over 75.000 rounds of small calibre. She sustained so much splinter damage to earn the nickname "Pepperpot.
Folowing a particularly heavy attack on 26 March, it was decided to send her to the US for repairs. She sailed from Malta on 8 April for New York Navy yard and was under repairs until 1 September. Returned to the Med in early 1943 and was assigned to Force "Q", operating out of Bone, Algeria.

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