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18089   Private James Nelson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 19/02/2019
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 24/03/1915 (Died of Illness)
James Nelson was born at Lismoney, Cookstown, County Tyrone. He was a member of Tamlaghtmore Flute Band and a member of Lissan Company of Ulster Volunteers. He enlisted in Cookstown, joining the 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. James Nelson was at Randalstown with his bothers, Thomas and William, training with their battalion when he fell ill with a severe throat infection. He died form sceptic poisoning on 24th March 1915.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Ballygoney Presbyterian Churchyard
  Coagh, Co Tyrone, 6
Grave Ref:
CWGC Casualty 661714
Ballygoney Presbyterian Churchyard is located near Drummullan. James Nelson is the only Commonwealth burial of the wars here.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Molesworth St Presbyterian Church WWI Cookstown
2 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 1927 Cookstown
3 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 38
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Nelson family Lists James as age 4 living with the family at house 4 in Lismoney, Moneyhaw, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Nelson family Does not list James as living with the family at house 2 in Ballyforlea, Moneyhaw, Londonderry
3 Private Alexander McLernon Private Alexander McLernon was brother-in-law and close friend of Private James Nelson. Attended Funeral
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023