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William NELSON

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Surname: NELSON

Forename(s): William

Place of Birth: Ingleton, Yorkshire

Service No: 5343

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1/10th (Scottish) Battalion

Division: 55th (West Lancashire) Division

Age: 27

Date of Death: 1916-08-09

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

William Nelson was the son of William and Mary Ellen Nelson, née Wrathall and the cousin of Sapper Bernard Kirkbride (167703) (q.v.). William's father was born at Arkholme, Lancashire and Mary at Westhouse, near Ingleton, Yorkshire.

1891 Burton-in-Lonsdale, Yorkshire Census: High Street - William Nelson, aged 1 year, born Ingleton, Yorkshire, son of William and Mary E. Nelson.

1901 Burton-in-Lonsdale, Yorkshire Census: Low Street - Wm Nelson, aged 11 years, born Burton-in-Lonsdale. [William was living with his widowed grandmother, Elizabeth Nelson. His mother, Mary Ellen, had died and his father, William, married Agnes Brayshaw in 1900.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte William Nelson, 5343, L'pool R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte William Nelson, 5343, 10th K.L.R.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte William Nelson, 5343, 10th Batt Liverpool Reg. Date and Place of Death: 9.8.16. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Sister [and] legatee - Alice. £5 0s. 4d. War Gratuity: Sister and Grantee - Alice Nelson. £3 0s. 0d.

William is commemorated in the Rolls of Honour at the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh.

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Private William NELSON

Private William NELSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 55th (West Lancashire) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 55th (West Lancashire) Division

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Surname: NELSON

Forename(s): William

Born: Ingleton, Yorks

Residence: Birkenhead, Cheshire

Enlisted: Liverpool

Number: 5343

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's (Liverpool Regiment)

Battalion: 10th Battalion


Died Date: 09/08/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: NELSON

Forename(s): William

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 5343

Rank: Private

Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment)

Unit: 1st/10th Bn.

Age: 27


Died Date: 09/08/1916

Additional Information: Son of William and Mary Ellen Nelson.

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BRITISH BATTALIONS ON THE SOMME, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1994)

1/10th (Scottish) Bn. King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Attacked at 4.20 a.m. (9/8) – left boundary being Trônes Wood-Guillemont Road. Four separate charges made – each driven back. Withdrew to support trenches and Great Bear (10/8). Casualties – 280. Always associated with the attack at Guillemont will be the heroism of Captain Noel Chavasse, medical officer of the 1/10th King’s. During (9/8) he tended wounded out in the open throughout attack. The following night searched for searched for and brought in many casualties. He later, and always in range of the enemy, personally led stretcher parties. For his gallantry at Guillemont Noel Chavasse was awarded the Victoria Cross. A Bar being posthumously received for his action in front of Wieltje between 31st July and 2nd August 1917.

[William Nelson was killed in action on the 9th August 1916.]

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


NELSON William of Rose Cottage Burton-in-Lonsdale Yorkshire a private in the Liverpool regiment died 9 August 1916 in France Administration (with Will) Wakefield 15 May to Alice Nelson spinster. Effects £110 8s. 7d.


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01 January 1915

BURTON-IN-LONSDALE – An Interesting Souvenir

Private John Nelson, Scots Guards, who was wounded at Ypres in October, has sent an interesting souvenir of the event to his sister, Miss Alice Nelson, Low Street, in the form of a brooch, in which is mounted the piece of shell taken from his leg. His friends will be pleased to hear that he is almost convalescent and has returned to headquarters in London.

[Brother of Private William Nelson]

01 September 1916

BURTON-IN-LONSDALE – Local Soldier Missing

Mrs. J. Kirkbride, Low Street, Burton-in-Lonsdale, has received official intimation that her nephew, Pte. Wm. Nelson, Liverpool Scottish, is missing. The letter is as follows:– “It is with great regret that I have to advise you that there has been no news of your nephew, Pte. Wm. Nelson, since going into an attack with his Battalion on the 9th inst. While expressing on behalf of the Company, the Company Officer (Capt. Jaeger) and myself our sincerest sympathy for you in the anxiety this letter is bound to cause you, I would also assure you that any news which may come to hand will be immediately passed on to you. In the meantime, as the transport at our disposal prohibits the carrying of extra valises I have forwarded to the base for transmission to yourself Private Nelson’s private possessions, comprising a razor and tobacco pouch, which I trust you will receive safely in due course. Again, assuring you of our deep sympathy, yours sincerely, J. IRVING, Reg. M.S.”

Private Nelson, an old choirboy at All Saints’ Church, and an old boy of Thornton’s Schools, served his apprenticeship with Mr. Dick Harrison, butcher, Kirkby Lonsdale, and afterwards was employed as butcher on the Pacific Steam Navigation Co.’s boats. He joined the Liverpoo1 Scottish in October last, and has been in France since March. His brother, John, formerly of the Scots Guards, is now in the Royal Flying Corps.


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