Nigel Cameron Westall

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Westall's boxing trophy.
Courtesy of and © Eric Fintelman.

Lieutenant Nigel Cameron Westall (29 March, 1888 – 4 November, 1914) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Westall was born in Shanghai. In 1901 he lived together with his brothers and sisters and his widower father at 6 Bedford Place, Bloomsbury.[1]

Westall entered the Royal Navy via H.M.S. Britannia, which was then on the Dartmouth on 15th January 1903 when he was fourteen. A pugilist, Westall won a Middle Weight boxing trophy aboard Britannia on 2nd December, 1903.[2]

Westall passed out in April 1904, placed twenty-seventh out of sixty-eight in order of merit, having obtained First Class ratings in Maths and Seamanship and a Second Class in Extra Subjects.[3]

Westall was promoted to the rank of Sub-Lieutenant on 30 October, 1907, having obtained First Class ratings in Seamanship and Gunnery, and Second Class in Pilotage and Torpedoes.[4]

Westall was appointed to the Sappho to date 19 January, 1909, to be appointed to the Pegasus upon her imminent re-commissioning.[5]

Westall was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 October, 1909.[6]

Westall was appointed to the battleship Swiftsure, temporary and additional, as assistant navigating officer in August, 1911.[7]

Westall was appointed to the third class protected cruiser H.M.S. Pyramus on 14 February, 1913 for navigating duties.[8]

He was still in Pyramus after the outbreak of war, and he died of an illness during a trip to New Zealand on 4 November 1914. He is buried in Fremantle, Australia.[9]

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Email from Eric Fintelman to Tone, 20180808.
  2. Email from Eric Fintelman to Tone, 20180808.
  3. "Britannia Prize Distribution." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Apr 14, 1904; pg. 5; Issue 37368.
  4. The Navy List. (July, 1908). pp. 75a, 137.
  5. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Dec 24, 1908; pg. 5; Issue 38838.
  6. The Navy List. (June, 1914). p. 77f.
  7. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Aug 05, 1911; pg. 4; Issue 39656.
  8. The Navy List. (June, 1914). p. 363.
  9. Email from Eric Fintelman to Tone, 20180808.