Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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08/07/2020
08/07/2020 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 17th June 1944:
08/07/2020 NELSON – In loving memory of my dear husband, Private W Nelson, Pioneer Corps, killed in action in June 1940. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife and son. Elizabeth and Victor, Fountain Road, Cookstown.
15/01/2020 NELSON – In loving memory of my dear beloved husband, Private W Nelson, Pioneer Corps, killed in action on 17th June 1940. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife and son. Elizabeth and Victor, Fountain Road, Cookstown.
15/01/2020
15/01/2020 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th June 1942: Roll of Honour – In Memorial
05/01/2020 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 16th November 1940:
05/01/2020 Private William Nelson served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in World War 1.
05/01/2020
05/01/2020 Mrs Nelson, of Fountain Road, Cookstown, received official intimation during the week that her husband, Private William Nelson (Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps), is missing. He was with the British Expeditionary Force in France, and no communication has been received from him since June. Private Nelson served with the Royal Inniskillings in the Great War.
19/08/2019 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.
19/08/2019 on a train (212 and 203 Artillery) in which were recruits mostly from Paris, the north and from Alsace.
19/08/2019 William Nelson served with the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps in World War Two.
19/08/2019 On Monday 17th June 1940, the Germans bombed Rennes Train Station, causing many casualties.
19/08/2019 An unfortunate situation developed on the 17th June in the number of trains that were held in the bottleneck at Rennes awaiting a track to be freed. A munitions train was among the trains held. This train contained a deadly cargo of high explosives, artillery shells and cartridges. Shortly before 10am planes approached the railway and dropped a number of 500kg bombs:
19/08/2019 on the munitions train
19/08/2019 on a refugee train from Paris and Liseaux
19/08/2019 William was the husband of Elizabeth Nelson. They had a least on son, Victor Nelson.
19/08/2019 on the train of British soldiers, the majority Indians, who were leaving Rennes to return to England.
19/08/2019 on a train (222 artillery A.L.C.D.) in which were recruits for the most part from the south.
19/08/2019 More than 800 recorded British and French, both military and civilians, died following the Luftwaffe’s bombing attack on the railway complex at Rennes in Brittany, France on Monday 17th June 1940.
19/08/2019 William Nelson was born about 1898.
19/08/2019 Private Nelson is buried at Section 18, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 61, Rennes Eastern Communal Cemetery, Ille-et-Vilaine, France. The inscription reads: LEST WE FORGET.
19/08/2019 Private William Nelson is commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph.
19/08/2019 William’s son Victor lived at Fountain Road, Cookstown.
19/08/2019 The CWGC record Private William Nelson as the husband of Elizabeth Nelson of Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
19/08/2019 There is speculation that Private James Nelson, who served with the 9th Inniskillings and died at home in 1915, was his William’s brother. However. ABSOLUTELY no evidence can be found to substantiate this. James had a brother called William, but he was born on 2nd July 1880, which meant he would have been 60 years old by 1940.
19/08/2019 Private Nelson was serving with Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps on board one of these trains and was killed in action on that day.
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