1. Grave:St. Leonard's Church, Hythe2.75
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.130
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour24B GQS

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Family :

Henry is born at Hythe Kent c.1877, son of Charles Rice, a Carpenter, and Catherine (nee Godfrey). His siblings are John Henry Charles (b.1867), Edward James (b.1869), Catherine (b.1873-d.1886), Charles Rice (b.1865-d.1915), Flora (b.1880).

In 1881, all the family are seen resident at the Bell Inn, Hythe Kent where had three guest lodgers in the pub at the time of the census.

By 1891, have moved to Nelson Villa, Hythe where Henry's youngest sister, Emma Elizabeth now appears aged 7, having been born late 1883. She was to become a beneficiary of Henry's estate. Only Charles, Flora and Elizabeth are still living with their parents at this time.

His brother Charles who also worked for P&O on the SS Persia died at sea 30th December, 1915.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: SS Kaiser-i-hind 

P&O ship which was requisitioned by the Royal Navy for transporting troops to and from the Middle East and India.

Action : Natural Causes 

Natural causes is attributed those deaths due to causes that were not directly associated with the war. Included in this are wartime deaths resulting from, for example, theSpanish Influenza pandemic and its associated pneumonia problems and other attributions such as age and exhaustion. It also groups those who through Post Traumatic Stress committed suicide as a result of their experiences.

Detail :

Henry Nelson, Mercantile Marine, SS Kaiser-i-Hind.

Probate NELSON Henry of Nelson Villa Seabrook-road Hythe Kent died 31 May 1918 at Alexandra Egypt Probate London 27 July to Emma Elizabeth Nelson and Julia May Evenden spinsters. Effects £2541 13s. 6d.

The inscription on the family grave at St. Leonard's Church, Hythe at reads "Also/Henry Nelson/late of P&O SS Kaisar-I-Hind/who died of pneumonia 31st May 1918/in hospital at Alexandria/aged 41 years.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Castle No. 1436 E.C.East Kent

8th June 1903
12th October 1903
8th February 1904

Listed as a 26 year old Ship's Steward resident of Hythe at the time of his initiation in 1903 into Castle Lodge at Sandgate, Kent. The contribution register shows that he "Died 31st May/18." The 1921 book describes him as "Nelson, Henry - Naval."

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