JOHN ROSS NELSON was born 20 Feb 1895 at Kilncadzow, Carluke, to parents Ferguson, a
contractor, and Helen Ross (who married in
Edinburgh 29 Jun 1889). He died in Carluke
in 1970, aged 75. Note – name on
birth extract is Neilson, but Nelson on census and service records.
the 1911 Census, John is aged 15, a brickmaker at Terra Cotta Works; living
Terra Cotta Cottage, Lanark with father Ferguson (28, b. Cambusnethan, foreman quarryman, brick) and Helen (45, b.
Edinburgh, m. 21 years, 8 ch, 7 living) and 5 siblings.
the 1913-14 Valuation Rolls, John Neilson, forester, is at Estate Bothy,
in the Fairlie Roll of Honour of enlisted men printed in the Largs &
Millport Weekly News on 21 Nov 1914 and the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald in
Dec 1914 (Nelson,
Pte. John, Kelburn). Enlisted 6 Oct
1914 (next of kin father Ferguson Nelson, Terra Cotta, By
Carluke); the first theatre of war entered is France on 8 Apr
1915. He was wounded in action 17 May
1915 – the Largs & Millport Weekly News reported he was in hospital with a
severe head wound. On 8 Nov 1915, he was
released fit for light duty at home, and transferred to munition work on 2 Mar
1916. He was discharged on 24 Dec 1918,
and his service record contains correspondence in 1918/1919 claiming a pension
for the loss of left eye on 18 May 1915 (address
given is North Stables, Kelburn Estate, Fairlie). He received the 1914-15 Star, and the British
War and Victory medals.
Extracts from the Largs
& Millport Weekly News:-
5 June 1915 During the past
week the following soldiers connected with Fairlie have been reported wounded –
Private J. Nelson, Kelburn Estate, 4th Cameron Highlanders, lying in a London
hospital with severe wound in head