1. Grave:Lillers Communal CemeteryV. A. 16.
2. Memorial:Freemasons VC Memorial Great Queen Street
3. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.130
4. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour16C GQS
5. Book:Beyond The Five PointsPgs 147-149

Awards & Titles:

Victoria Cross
Mentioned in Despatches

Family :

Son of the late George and Annie Nelson; husband of A. J. Jessie Nelson, of 92, Ranelagh Rd., Ipswich. Native of Deraghland, Co. Monaghan, Ulster.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 59th Brigade RFA D Battery  

Action : The Battles of the Lys 

9 April - 29 April 1918. As the first phase of the great German campaign of 1918 lost momentum and failed in its objective to split the British and French armies, subsidiary attacks were shift the balance of the attack and to seek opportunities to exploit other sectors. On the Lys the Germans initially enjoyed spectacular success against a Portuguese Division but the gap was soon plugged and the advance halted.

Detail :

OH 1914 Vol 1 Nelson, Sgt. D. (R.H.A.), at Nery, 238, 239 Towards 6 A.M. Brigadier-General Briggs, after strengthening his own right, ordered two squadrons of the 5th Dragoon Guards, his last remaining reserve, to attack the enemy's right flank. They accordingly galloped northwards and then wheeling to the east, dis- mounted and pushed in to close range. Whilst the 1st Cavalry Brigade was thus holding the German Jfih Cavalry Division, in response to General Briggs' call for assistance, just as the mist began to thin in the morning sun, the 4th Cavalry Brigade and I Battery came on the scene from St. Vaast on the north-west, followed by a com- posite battalion of the Warwickshire and Dublins of the 10th Infantry Brigade from Verberie from the same direction, and the 1 /Middlesex from Saintines in the north. Four guns of I Battery unlimbered two thousand yards south-west of the German position. As it did so, the fire of L Battery ceased ; and for good reason. For some time its fire had been desultory. Lieut. Munday had been several times wounded, and man after man was struck down until there only remained Captain Bradbury, who was still untouched, and Sergt. Nelson, who had been wounded. Battery-Sergeant-Major Dorrell then joined them, and immediately Captain Bradbury, whilst fetching ammunition from a wagon twenty yards off, fell mortally wounded. The survivors continued to fire until the last round was expended, and then but not till then L Battery was silent. Gained V.C. while serving with L Bty. R.H.A. on Sept. 1st, 1914. An extract from the London Gazette (No. 28976, dated 13th Nov., 1914), records the following-Helping to bring the guns into action under heavy fire at Nery on 1st September, and while severely wounded remaining with them until all the ammunition was expended-although he had been ordered to retire to cover.

He was especially commemorated at Saxon Hall, the Southend Masonic Centre on Friday 18th October 2019 at a ceremony led by Right Worshipful Brother Rodney Lister Bass OBE, Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Essex, the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant for Essex, David Hurst and the Mayor of Southend together with other local civil and military dignitaries.

"In Honoured Memory of Freemasons who have served their Country in all Wars and Conflicts. Particularly Remembering Major David Nelson, VC of Priory Lodge No. 1000"

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Priory No. 1000 E.C.Essex

14th December 1916
18th January 1917
15th February 1917

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