William Nelson was born about 1898. He served with the Ulster Division during World War 1. He was the husband of Elizabeth Nelson. They had a least on son, Victor. Private William Nelson was serving with Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps at Rennes Train Station when he was killed in action on Monday 17th June 1940.
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.