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Joseph William NELSON

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Surname: NELSON

Forename(s): Joseph William

Place of Birth: Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire

Service No: 266827

Rank: L/Corporal

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

Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1922-08-17

Awards: M.M.

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Joseph William Nelson was the son of George and Mary Nelson (née - ). George was born at Horton Bank Top near Bradford and Mary at Bradford, Yorkshire.

1901 Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire Census: 9, Lister Hill - Joseph W. Nelson, aged 5 years, born Sutton-in-Craven, son of George and Mary Nelson.

1911 Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire Census: 47, Main Street - Joseph William Nelson, aged 15 years, born Sutton, Yorkshire, son of George and Mary Nelson.

Joseph was married to Beatrice Dewsnap in 1915. Beatrice, the daughter of James and Catherine Dewsnap, was born at Barnsley, Yorkshire.

The British Army Pension Record for Joseph William Nelson exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Joseph W. Nelson, 4551, 266827, W. Rid. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Joseph William Nelson, 4551, 266827, 1/6th W. Rid. R. Discharged.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Joseph. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Dependant: Mrs Beatrice Nelson, born 12.1.1895. Relationship: Widow. Marriage: 30.10.15. Address 1. 3, Lister Hill, Sutton, Nr Keighley. Address 2. 47, High Street, Sutton, Nr. Keighley. [Child:] Lord Leo. Nelson, born 2.3.16.

Joseph was wounded during the Battle of Valenciennes, 1 – 2 November, 1918. In the War Diary of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), he is listed under the heading: ‘Wounded Bullet’ on the 1 November. The battalion suffered many casualties, in this, their last battle of the war.

Joseph died at Beckett's Park Military Hospital, Leeds, Yorkshire.

Joseph was added to the CPGW website after receiving information from Andrew Monkhouse, Australia.

See also: ‘Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War – A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment’ by Stephen Barber (2018).

Data Source: Personal Communication


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L/Corporal Joseph William NELSON

L/Corporal Joseph William 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: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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War Diary of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

HEADQUARTERS, 147th Infantry Brigade.

On 1st November 1918 the Battalion attacked in a North Easterly direction across the river RHONELLE, the frontage boundaries, and objectives, being shown on the map issued by Division.

The scheme of attack was as under:

Two Companies – A. and B. Companies – each of two platoons formed the first wave, and were to advance and seize all the ground up to and including the INTERMEDIATE OBJECTIVE. The second wave consisting of C. and D. Companies (each of three platoons) were to leap-frog through A. and B. Companies and to advance and seize the final objective.

It was expected there would be considerable difficulty in crossing the River RHONELLE and special bridges were provided and a carrying party consisting of EIGHT men and one N.C.O. were found by the 19th Lancashire Fusiliers. In all six parties were found by the 19th Lancashire Fusiliers and all bridges were placed in position with the exception of one. The carrying party followed the first wave.

ZERO was at 0515 hours and the barrage came down to about Two hundred yards in front of the SUNKEN ROAD which was our jumping off point. It was very intense and accurate and all ranks testified most highly to its accuracy.

As soon as the advance started the assaulting troops were harassed and worried by hostile M. G. fire, the bulk of which seemed to come from the far side of the river and the high ground beyond it, although a number of machine guns were on the near side of the river, but no serious difficulty was experienced and the river was successfully crossed, and the advance proceeded. In advancing up the slopes on the far side of the river the second wave suffered severely from long range machine gun fire, the whole of One Company Headquarters being knocked out, at about [map reference] K. 11. c. 3. 3..

The INTERMEDIATE OBJECTIVE was seized up to the proper time and in due course C. and D. Companies continued to advance to the FINAL OBJECTIVE, but owing to the Division on our right not making good their ground, D. Company were not able to seize and hold their objective, but the left of C. Company advanced and held their objective for some few hours. About 0930 I went forward and found the line ran roughly as follows: On the left we were in touch with the 5th West Yorks and the line ran along the Final Objective for a distance of approximately Two to three hundred yards up to about a point E. 30 c. 2. 7. and from there it bent back and went about Three hundred yards west of the wood in K. 6. a. and joined up with the First Hampshire Regt. on our right about K. 12. b. cent. at this time there was considerable hostile Machine Gun fire from the wood, and from the high ground in K. 12. b. and d. which rendered any further advance exceedingly difficult. I came back and reported the position to Brigade. Later on I received information from the O. C. C. Company on my left that the 5th West Yorks had retired leaving him in the air, and that he had withdrawn to a position approximately along the line Y – Y.

At this time Two companies of the 1/7th Dke of Wellingtons Regt. had been sent up to the INTERMEDIATE OBJECTIVE, and, on the enemy counterattacking about1639 hours the attack was repulsed, and our line advanced so as to run along the road from about K. 5. b. 0. 9. to K. 5. b. 5. 8. and thence in a South Easterly direction to about K. 12. a. cent, and the line remained pretty much in this position until it was taken over by the 1/7th Duke of Wellingtons Regt. who took and seized the FINAL OBJECTIVE early next morning.

10th November 1918. A B Clarkson Lt. Colonel Comg. 1/6th Duke of Wellington’s Regt.


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30 November 1917


Well-known Soldier Honoured.–Mr. and Mrs. George Nelson, of High Street, Sutton, have received information that their only son, Lce.-Cpl. J.W. Nelson, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in action near Ypres. Lce.-Cpl. Nelson is very well-known and popular in the village, and joined the Forces over two years ago. He went out to France on the 6th June, 1916. He is 22 years of age, and at the time of his joining the Forces was employed by Messrs. William Smith and Co. (Crosshills) Ltd.

25 August 1922


Death of an ex-Serviceman.–The death has taken place of another Sutton ex-Serviceman in Mr. Joseph W. Nelson, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. George Nelson, of High Street, Sutton. He received severe internal wounds in the last month of the war. In November, 1917, he was awarded the Military Medal, while serving in the West Riding Regiment as a Lance-Corporal. Since the Armistice he had undergone several operations. He died in the Beckett’s Park Military Hospital at noon on Thursday last. He was in his 27th year, and leaves a widow and one child. Prior to joining the Forces, he was employed at the joinery works of Messrs. W. Smith (Crosshills) Limited, joining up in 1915. The interment took place on Monday afternoon at the Sutton Baptist Church, when a large number of friends, including some from Beckett’s Park Hospital, were present. The last rites were performed by the rev. F.T. Bloice Smith. A beautiful wreath was sent from Beckett’s Park Hospital.

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30 November 1917



Mr. and Mrs. George Nelson have received information that their only son, Lance-Corporal Joseph Wilson [sic], of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, has gained the Military Medal. Some months ago, at the time when his pal, Corporal Clarence Grainger, of Sutton Mill, gained the Military Medal, he received special mention of merit. Lance-Corporal Wilson [sic], prior to joining the forces, was employed at Smith’s joinery works, Crosshills. He volunteered in July, 1915, joining the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. He went out to France in June, 1916. His letters to his parents and wife have always been characterised by cheerfulness. He came home on furlough in October and brought with him a silver cigarette case which his pal, Corporal C. Grainger, had been presented with by the father of the officer whom he carried for a long distance under heavy shell fire, and for which he gained the Military Medal. Mr. and Mrs. Grainger are naturally proud to have the case in their keeping awaiting their son’s homecoming. Both the young men are to be congratulated upon their honours, which it is hoped they may live to enjoy. Lance-Corporal Wilson [sic] is at present with the Royal Engineers [sic].

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    One Response to Joseph William NELSON

    1. Sarah Turner July 16, 2023 at 1:12 pm #

      My very brave great grandfather.

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