Informations sur naissance

Année de naissance:
Lieu de naissance:
Warrenby, Yorkshire, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni

Informations générales

Employé d'une entrprise de transport

Informations service militaire

Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
Force armée:
British Expeditionary Force
Numéro de service:
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Redcar, Yorkshire, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
 —  King's Royal Rifle Corps, 21st Bn. (Yeoman Rifles)  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
Lieu de décès:
Impact Reserve, Battle Wood, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Médaille — 09/02/1920
Victory Medal
Médaille — 09/02/1920

Points d'intérêt 2

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Mon histoire

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.

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"The King's Royal Rifle Corps Chronicle: 1917, Volume 4", Byron R. ed., London, Warren and Son, 1920, pg. 227.
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"The Third Ypres Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995, pg. 35.
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The Long, Long Trail
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War Diary King's Royal Rifle Corps 21st Bn.
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