Lance-Corporal George Nelson

Biography of Lance-Corporal George Nelson

George Nelson was named for his father and the family lived at 10 Strathallan Terrace, Dowanhill, Glasgow. He attended Hillhead High School where he was known for being "thoughtful and reserved". Following school he came to the University of Glasgow to study Medicine. However he did not graduate as in May 1915 he joined The King's Own Scottish Borderers (K.O.S.B.) as a Private.

7th September of the same year saw him in France, and two months later, he was wounded by a sniper's bullet. He spent some time in a hospital at home, but returned to France in June 1916. Due to the massive losses during the Battle of the Somme, soldiers were moved around, and as part of this Lance-Corporal Nelson was transferred to the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. While serving with this Regiment Lance-Corporal George Nelson received wounds in action, from which he died on the 24th January 1917, aged twenty-three years. He was buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery and left behind a wife named Barbara.


Lance-Corporal George Nelson
Rank: Lance-Corporal
Regiment: 8th Bn.Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Degree: Alumnus
Comments: Killed in action, 24 January 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: Hillhead High School War Memorial Volume p103


Obituary: Hillhead High School War Memorial Volume (War Memorial Committee, 1921)

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Search for War Dead

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