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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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Non-CWGC Burial: SUTTON-IN-CRAVEN BAPTIST BURIAL GROUND

Local War Memorial: SUTTON-IN-CRAVEN, YORKSHIRE

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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.

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, West Riding Regiment.

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

L/Corporal Joseph William Nelson 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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30 November 1917

SUTTON

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

SUTTON

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

SUTTON

THE MILITARY MEDAL

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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