Queen’s Gal­lantry Medal re­cip­i­ent John McNi­coll

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS - Mr McNi­coll tack­led an armed man who was try­ing to raid a shop.

The fu­neral of a for­mer Dundee po­lice­man awarded the Queen’s Gal­lantry Medal for tack­ling a gun-wield­ing rob­ber took place yesterday.

John McNi­coll died on Novem­ber 28 at Stra­cathro Hos­pi­tal. He was 77.

Born and raised in Ar­broath, Mr McNi­coll at­tended Ar­broath High School and held a num­ber of jobs af­ter leav­ing school in­clud­ing tele­gram boy, post­man and counter clerk.

He lived in Greenock be­fore join­ing the City of Dundee Po­lice in 1969.

In 1974, he was awarded the Queen’s Gal­lantry Medal for tack­ling a would-be rob­ber in a hard­ware shop while serv­ing as a po­lice con­sta­ble.

Af­ter ra­dio­ing po­lice head­quar­ters for as­sis­tance, he went into the shop where he was con­fronted by the in­truder, who was hold­ing a firearm.

He threat­ened Con­sta­ble McNi­coll with the gun and pulled the trig­ger, but it failed to fire.

As Con­sta­ble McNi­coll ap­proached, he pulled the trig­ger again and the gun went off.

Con­sta­ble McNi­coll then grap­pled with the rob­ber and was struck on the head with the firearm.

More of­fi­cers then ar­rived and the man was re­strained. It later emerged the gun had been a start­ing pis­tol.

Con­sta­ble McNi­coll was later awarded the Queen’s Gal­lantry Medal for tack­ling the man.

The Lon­don Gazette re­ported: “Con­sta­ble McNi­coll dis­played courage of a very high de­gree in tack­ling a man who was armed and did not hes­i­tate to fire his weapon.”

Mr McNi­coll re­tired from Tay­side Po­lice in 1990. Dur­ing his re­tire­ment, he was a keen lawn bowler and lat­terly lived in Lau­rencekirk.

He is sur­vived by his wife Margaret, daugh­ter Lindsay, grand­chil­dren Re­becca and John and great-grand­son Emer­son.

His fu­neral took place at Park­grove Cre­ma­to­rium, Fri­ock­heim.

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