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.
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.