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13007917   Private William Nelson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Pioneer Corps (British Army)
Died: 17/06/1940 (Killed in Action)
Age: 42
Summary      
Private William Nelson was the husband of Elizabeth Nelson and father of Victor Nelson Fountain Road, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone. William served with the Ulster Division during World War 1. The Germans bombed the troop train in which he was travelling on 17th June 1940 causing many casualties. Of the 252 Commonwealth Burials from the 1939-45 war in Rennes Eastern Communal cemetery the majority come from this troop train, including Private Nelson who was aged 42.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Rennes Eastern Communal Cemetery
  Rennes, Ille-et Vilaine
Grave Ref: Grave 1-A-61
CWGC Casualty 2846330
Summary      
Rennes is a town in the Department of the Ille-et-Vilaine. Rennes Eastern Communal Cemetery is situated on the Boulevard Villebois-Mareuil, about 2 kilometres east of the railway station. From the station follow Bd. Solferino, turn right into Rue St Helier, then left into Rue De Chateaugiron, then left again along Avenue Monseigneur Mouezy, and the Communal Cemetery is just facing you. A CWGC sign is on the cemetery wall. The Commonwealth plot is near the middle of the eastern boundary of the cemetery, in section 18.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph World War II Cookstown