World War 1
Search the known records to date of those lost from the wider Alnwick area in World War 1
Generally showing where they are commemorated, when they died and some basic facts about each person. There are gaps, however, so if you can fill in any missing details do please contact us.
Nathaniel Clarke Neilson
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), 21st (Service) Battalion (4th Public Schools)
Cambrin Military Cemetery
Enlisted at Durham, County Durham.
The Battalion War Diary records:
Â‘5 Feb-16 Ã¢Â€Â“ B1. Sub Section Trenches. The parapet at the junction of DEATH OR GLORY SAP with the FRONT LINE was blown in by enemy shell fire today: The machine gunners in in the SAP suffered two casualties, one killed & one wounded. An act of considerable merit in connection with this incident was performed by No. 3259 Pte. SMITH C.H., a stretcher bearer, who learning that Corpl. NEILSON was in the SAP severely wounded, cut his way through the debris of the entrance to the SAP, dressed the CorplÂ’s wounds, & carried him back to safety being exposed to considerable fire all the time. Pte. SMITH was not wounded, but the Corpl. died an hour or so afterwards. Work on repairing the entrance to the sap was begun after nightfall.'
(Source: The late David Easton, August 2014)
Born at Whitley Bay, Northumberland, the son of W. B. Neilson & Margaret Neilson, of County Durham.
Husband of Annie Viccars Neilson, of Chopwell, Near Rowlands Gill, County Durham.
N.B. The connection with Alnmouth is unclear, it may possibly be through Neilson's wife.
Alnmouth War Memorial