Maharajpoor Star 1843 (Lieutt. Henry Nocoll 50th Regt. Native Infy.) fitted with contemporary replacement bar suspension; Punjab 1848-49, no clasp (Lieutt. Henry Nicoll 50th Regt. Native Infy.) naming officially re-engraved in running script, these two medals probably official replacements for those lost during the Mutiny; Indian Mutiny 1857-59, 1 clasp, Dlehi (Bt. Majr. H. Nicall, Majr. of Brigde.) note spelling of surname.
He served as a Lieutenant in 1842 during the disturbances in the Saugor and Bundelkhand districts in which one Wing of the 50th was involved. Served during the Gwalior campaign of 1843 and was present at the battle of Punniar, 29 December (Bronze Star). Served in the Punjab campaign of 1848-49 (Medal), and in the Sonthal Rebellion in 1855-56.
Nicoll was Brigade Major to Brigadier Graves at Delhi from 1854, and was there when the mutiny broke out on 11 May 1857, leading to the ‘Delhi Massacre’; he was one of the comparatively few survivors when the city rose in rebellion and the Europeans were hunted down and murdered, sometimes in appalling circumstances. He is recorded as having given his carriage to some ladies to enable their escape –
Nicoll is also recorded by Harriet Tytler as being at Flagstaff Tower where some of the survivors had assembled. He is also recorded as having been one of the last three officers to leave the Flagstaff Tower, which had been found unsuitable as a place of refuge, as the refugees fled the city. Nicoll headed for Kurnaul, as did other survivors with varying degrees of success, and here he joined the Delhi Field Force as it assembled.
Nicoll took part in the advance to Delhi Ridge and was present at the battle of Badli-ki-Serai and the taking of the heights above Delhi. He then served throughout the operations on Delhi Ridge and during the assault and capture of the city. He was mentioned in despatches by Brigadier Groves on 8 June 1857, and also by Brigadier Longford for his part in the siege, assault and final capture of Delhi.
On 28 June 1907, in the special 50th Anniversary commemorative King’s honours list, he was posthumously appointed C.B. for his Mutiny service.