• Year of birth: 1891
  • Place of birth: Warrenby, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Date of death: 05/08/1917
  • Place of death: Impact Reserve, Battle Wood, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Age: 26
  • Profession: Shipping Clerk
  • Country: England, United Kingdom
  • Rank: Rifleman
  • Service number: C/12410
  • Enlistment date: Unknown
  • Enlistment place: Redcar, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Last known unit: King's Royal Rifle Corps, 21st Bn. (Yeoman Rifles)
  • Force: British Expeditionary Force


Additional information

Rifleman James Nelson served in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps 21st Battalion, part of the 124th Brigade of the 41st Division.
After the Battle of Pilckem Ridge, which took place from the 31st of July to the 2nd of August, the 21st remained in the area north of Hollebeke. The Battalion was positioned in the Impact Reserve at Battle Wood.
On the 5th of August 1917, the Germans tried three times to recapture the area near Hollebeke. All these attacks were eventually repulsed. The 21st King’s Royal Rifle Corps was heavily shelled throughout the day. At 9.30 p.m., the Germans launched an attack. The Germans couldn’t advance, partially due to the artillery and machine gun fire from the 21st Battalion of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. The attack was fend off, but the King’s Royal Rifle Corps 21st Battalion had suffered heavy casualties due to the German shelling.
It’s highly possible Rifleman James Nelson was killed in action, due to the German shelling on his Battalion’s position at Impact Reserve. He died on the 5th of August 1917, just northeast of Hollebeke. His remains were never identified and James Nelson is remembered at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.