John Ross NELSON

Cameron Highlanders, 4th Btn  

Rank & Number:     
Private, 2453 & 200435  

20 February 1895; Kilncadzow, Carluke  

                        1970; Carluke  


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.

In 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.  

In the 1913-14 Valuation Rolls, John Neilson, forester, is at Estate Bothy, Kelburn.    


Named 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


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