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Surname: NELSON

Forename(s): John

Place of Birth: Steeton, Yorkshire

Service No: 19645

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 4th Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1916-08-28

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. H. 10.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

John Nelson (born 10 January 1886) was the son of Richard and Sarah Nelson, née Edwards. Richard was born at Melling, Lancashire and Sarah at Farnham, Surrey. In 1881 Sarah's mother, Martha Edwards, a widow, (born at Mold, Flintshire, c 1802) was living with Sarah and Richard at Steeton, Yorkshire.

1891 Steeton, Yorkshire Census: 4, Low Fold - John Nelson, aged 5 years, born Steeton, son of Richard and Sarah Nelson.

1901 Steeton, Yorkshire Census: 4, Low Fold - John Nelson, aged 15 years, born Steeton, son of Richard and Sarah Nelson.

1911 Steeton, Yorkshire Census: 4, Low Fold - John Nelson, aged 25 years, born Steeton, son of Richard and Sarah Nelson.

The British Army Service Record for John Nelson exists but may be incomplete.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

NELSON, J., aged 29, West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nelson, Low Fold, Steeton, killed in action Aug. 29. 1916.


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Private John NELSON

Private John NELSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

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Surname: NELSON

Forename(s): John

Born: Steeton, Yorks

Residence: Steeton

Enlisted: Silsden, Yorks

Number: 19645

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 2nd Battalion


Died Date: 28/08/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: NELSON

Forename(s): J

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 19645

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 2nd Bn.



Died Date: 28/08/1916

Additional Information:



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08 September 1916


The sad news that Private John Nelson of the Duke of Wellington’s had been killed on the Western Front was received by his sister, Miss Nelson, on Monday morning. Second-Lieut. Reece, who wrote to Miss Nelson, expressed his deepest sympathy in reporting the death of her brother, and stated that Pte. Nelson was killed by a portion of shell which struck him in the middle of the back on August 29th, and that although he had only been in the platoon a short time, he had proved himself an efficient soldier. Deceased was Steeton’s eighteenth soldier to fall for his country. He enlisted early last March and had only been in France three days short of a month. Previous to joining the Army he was in the employ of Messrs. John Dixon & Sons, and was the youngest son of Mr. Richard Nelson and the late Mrs. Nelson, of Low Fold, Steeton.

15 September 1916


The quarterly meeting of the Craven and District Village Institutes’ Association was held at the Steeton Mechanics’ Institute on Saturday afternoon, under the chairmanship of the Rev. A.C. Blunt, of Gargrave, the newly-appointed president for the ensuing year. Delegates were present from Gargrave, Oakworth, Cross Roads, Kildwick, Steeton, Cononley, and Gisburn.

Mr. Alfred Stell, president of the Seeton Institute, extended a cordial welcome to the new president and the delegates…

Appreciative Letter from the Trenches

The Secretary (Mr. J. Holdsworth) next read the following letter from Captain Cedric F. Horsfall, the late president, written from the trenches in France:–“Many thanks for your letter which I received a few days ago in the front trenches. You have, of course, done quite right in electing another president, and just as I should have wished you to do. I feel as though I have been of little or no use during my two years of office, owing to the circumstances over which I have had no control. After the war I assure you and your Association that you shall have my active support, as I know there is much scope for your work, especially after this war, and when unavoidably the home ties of many of the men will be weakened. I can see some difficulty in preventing wholesale emigration from our villages to the towns and the colonies, and every inducement will be required to keep them in the villages. I think the Institutes might do much to meet this need. I wish you to convey to your Committee my sincerest thanks for the honour they have done to me in allowing me to keep the position of president during these two eventful years. I wish you every success in your work in the future and I am sure that you will get much valuable advice and assistance from your new president, Mr. Blunt. I hope it is not out of place if I add a word of admiration of the men in this Battalion, many of whom come from our villages, and most of whom have been members of the various Institutes. They have not had an easy time lately, but they seem to thrive on work and do it with a good heart, and shelling hardly disturbs them at all.”


Mr. W.J. Johns, of Oakworth, moved that the Association express its sincerest sympathy with the village of Steeton in the great sacrifice that it had been called upon to make in the prosecution of the war. Mr. Weatherall, of Cononley, having seconded.

The Secretary read a list of the Steeton men who have been killed and wounded as follows:–

Killed – W. Dawes, Herbert Dove, Prince Dawson, Wm. Brooksbank, James Dove, Fred T. Ellison, Spencer Cliff (missing), Joseph Hales, Ewart Myers, Thos. Fitzsimmons, Wm. Robson, Thos. Robson, Arthur Smith, Wm. A. Teale, Richard Nicholson, Norman Waterhouse, Clarence Wilson, J. Nelson, Wm. Naylor.

Wounded – John Brooksbank, Wm. Brayshaw, Matthew Dove, Robert Anderson, Percy Race, Fred Baldwin, Fred Greenwood, Frank Throup, Ernest Cooper, Robert Williams.

The Secretary added that many of the wounded men were back in the trenches again, and it was also stated that several of the soldiers had been members of the Steeton Institute.

The resolution of sympathy was carried by the delegates rising in their places…

12 January 1917


Happily there has during the closing months of the past year been few casualties amongst Steeton’s soldiers to report. Since the commencement of the war the following well-known local soldiers who have been residents in the village have given their lives for the cause of right and humanity.–Arthur Smith, William Dawes, Herbert Dove, Thomas Robson, James Walker (died in training period), Willie Brooksbank, Ewart Myers, Thomas Fitzsimons, Prince Dawson, Fred Ellison, R. Nicholson, W.H. Teale, William Naylor, William Robson, Joseph Hale, Clarence Wilson, Mathias Dove, James Dove, John Nelson, whilst to add to the above are the names of Spencer Cliff missing since the ever-to-be-remembered landing at Suvla Bay in August, 1915, and Wright Cockshott who has been included in the list of those missing since the early autumn of 1916. Several soldiers whose occupations necessitated residence in the village previous to the war have ‘made the sacrifice’ but are not included in the list.

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08 September 1916


News was received on Monday morning by Miss Isabella Nelson, Low Fold, Steeton, that her brother, Private John Nelson, West Riding Regiment, had been killed in action in France. The sad news was conveyed in a letter from Second Lieut. Reece, who said it was with the deepest sympathy that he had to report the death of her brother, who was killed on the 29th of August by being hit with a piece of shell in the middle of the back, death being practically instantaneous. Although he had only been with his platoon a fortnight, he had proved himself an efficient soldier and a willing worker, and was always bright and cheerful. Pte. Nelson, who was 29 years of age, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nelson of Low Fold, Steeton. He enlisted last March and had been in France three days short of a month when he met his death. Prior to enlisting he was employed at Messrs. John Dixon and Sons. He was formerly a playing member of the Steeton Rugby and Association Football teams. This makes the 18th Steeton soldier to have met his death during the war.

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