Ronald McNicoll

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Ronald Ramsay McNicoll
Born(1906-09-15)15 September 1906
Melbourne, Victoria
Died18 September 1996(1996-09-18) (aged 90)
Melbourne, Victoria
AllegianceAustralia
Service/branchAustralian Army
Years of service1923–1964
RankMajor General
Battles/warsSecond World War
Korean War
AwardsCommander of the Order of the British Empire
Member of the Order of Australia
Mentioned in Despatches
RelationsBrigadier General Sir Walter McNicoll (father)
Vice Admiral Sir Alan McNicoll (brother)

Major General Ronald Ramsay McNicoll, CBE, AM (15 September 1906 – 18 September 1996) was an Australian Army general who served in the Royal Australian Engineers.

Early life[edit]

The son of Sir Walter McNicoll and elder brother of Sir Alan McNicoll, he was born in Melbourne and completed his schooling at Scots College before taking up an appointment as a staff cadet at the Royal Military College, Duntroon. After graduating from Duntroon in 1926, he was granted the rank of lieutenant in the engineers and undertook a civilian engineering degree.[1]

Career[edit]

During the Second World War, McNicoll saw active service in the Middle East and in Europe, including a period on exchange with the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, helping to plan the D-Day landings. He was Mentioned in Despatches as a major of engineers while serving in the 6th Division.[2]

After the war, he was steadily promoted, eventually reaching the rank of major general before retiring from the military in 1964.[3] He later wrote three volumes of the Royal Australian Engineers corps history, covering the periods from colonial Australia to the Second World War.[4][5][6] He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1957,[7] and a Member of the Order of Australia in 1982.[8]

Notes[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Morgan, Joseph. "McNicoll, Ronald Ramsay (1906–1996)". People Australia. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Ronald Ramsay McNicoll: Mention in Despatches". Honours and Awards. Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  3. ^ Nelson, Penelope. "Officer with a gift for writing", The Australian, 4 October 1996, p. 17.
  4. ^ McNicoll 1977.
  5. ^ McNicoll 1979.
  6. ^ McNicoll 1982.
  7. ^ "Ronald Ramsay McNicoll: Commander of the Order of the British Empire". Honours and Awards. Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  8. ^ "McNicoll, Ronald Ramsay: Member of the Order of Australia". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
Bibliography
  • McNicoll, Ronald (1977). The Royal Australian Engineers 1835 to 1902: The Colonial Engineers. History of the Royal Australian Engineers, Volume I. Canberra: Australian Capital Territory: Corps Committee of the Royal Australian Engineers. ISBN 9780959687118.
  • McNicoll, Ronald (1979). The Royal Australian Engineers 1902 to 1919: Making and Breaking. History of the Royal Australian Engineers, Volume II. Canberra: Australian Capital Territory: Corps Committee of the Royal Australian Engineers. ISBN 9780959687125.
  • McNicoll, Ronald (1982). The Royal Australian Engineers 1919 to 1945: Teeth and Tail. History of the Royal Australian Engineers, Volume III. Canberra: Australian Capital Territory: Corps Committee of the Royal Australian Engineers. ISBN 9780959687101.

Further reading[edit]

  • McNicoll, Ronald (1976). The Early Years of the Melbourne Club. Melbourne, Victoria: Hawthorne Press. ISBN 0725601701.