David Nelson (VC)

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David Nelson
Born(1887-04-03)3 April 1887
Stranooden, County Monaghan, Ireland
Died8 April 1918(1918-04-08) (aged 32)
Lillers, France
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1904–1918
UnitRoyal Artillery
Commands heldD Battery, 59th Brigade
Battles/warsWorld War I 
AwardsVictoria Cross

Major David Nelson VC (3 April 1887 – 8 April 1918) was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Military career[edit]

Nelson was born Deraghland, Stranooden, County Monaghan, Ireland, to David Nelson and Mary Anne Black. He was 28 years old, and a sergeant in 'L' Battery, Royal Horse Artillery (RHA), British Army during World War I when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 1 September 1914 at Néry, France, Sergeant Nelson helped to bring the guns into action – with an officer (Edward Kinder Bradbury) and a warrant officer (George Thomas Dorrell) – under heavy fire and in spite of being severely wounded. He remained with the guns until all the ammunition was expended, although he had been ordered to retire to cover.[1]

Nelson later achieved the rank of major. He was killed in action at Lillers, France, on 8 April 1918.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Imperial War Museum in London.

The Nery gun


  1. ^ "No. 28976". The London Gazette. 13 November 1914. p. 9374.

Listed in order of publication year

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