Dr. Harold Raymond Nicklin was born near Millbank (Perth County), Ontario on the 10th of November, 1888. Dr. Nicklin was the eldest of 2 children born to Robert Nicklin and the former Clara Tucker. His parents were farmers and he had a younger brother named Herbert Johnston Nicklin. Dr. Nicklin was raised on a farm located at Lot 12, Concession 8 in Mornington Township and he was educated in local schools prior to attending model training in Stratford. He taught school and earned funds to further his education.
Dr. Nicklin initially pursued a science degree at The University of Toronto. His medical training was obtained at Queen’s University. While at Queen’s, Dr. Nicklin was the Assistant Editor of the school newspaper and he enjoyed playing football. Dr. Nicklin graduated M.D. in 1917.
He enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps in Kingston, Ontario on the 12th of December, 1916. It is believed that Dr. Nicklin completed his studies prior to his Canadian Army Medical Training or he did it in tandem. On his Officer’s Declaration Paper, he was described as being 5’11” tall, 168 lbs with blue eyes. Dr. Nicklin served overseas in England and France. He spent time in hospital recovering from a severe case of influenza from October 12th, 1918 until October 20th, 1918 when he was cleared to return to active service. Dr. Nicklin was struck off strength due to demobilization on the 14th of October 1919.
Upon his return to Canada, Dr. Nicklin practiced medicine in Milverton (Perth County), Ontario.
Dr. Nicklin married Mary “Laurene” Barr on the 15th of June, 1921 in Listowel, Ontario. Mrs. Nicklin was born in Milverton on the 1st of September, 1894. She was the eldest of 2 children born to James Barr and the former Jane McCourt. Her parents were farmers and she had a brother named John Alvin Barr.
Prior to 1937, Dr. Nicklin moved his medical practice to Leamington. Due to the close proximity to Wheatley and Romney Twp, Dr. Nicklin was known to travel to Chatham-Kent to see his patients. Dr. Nicklin’s name appears on birth and death records.
Dr. and Mrs. Nicklin had a daughter, Lois Laurene Nicklin born on the 8th of November, 1928. Dr. and Mrs. Nicklin resided at 88 Erie Street South in Leamington.
Mrs. Nicklin died at Leamington District Memorial Hospital on the 22nd of August, 1974. Dr. Nicklin died on the 19th of January, 1976 in Leamington. Dr. and Mrs. Nicklin were buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Milverton near Dr. Nicklin’s parents and his brother.
*Dr Nicklin’s brother, Herbert Johnston Nicklin (1896-1967) also served with the Canadian Armed Services during WWI.
**Lois Laurene (Nicklin) Taylor died on the 15th of January, 2007.