William Alexander "Scotty" Nelson

Nov 27, 1884

Born in Falkirk, Scotland


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59742 (temporary number 826)

Ø  Next of kin given as Christina Nelson, wife, Port Hope, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Iron Moulder

Ø  Previous military experience given as Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, Militia

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “G” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

o   A member of the Pipe Band and in combat, employed as a Stretcher Bearer

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Jan 11, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Cystitis. 


Jan 12, 1916

Transferred to the Division Rest Station at Godewaersvelde, France, near the Belgian border


Jan 22, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Nov 6, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 18, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 14, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 6, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 28, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 23, 1918

On completion of his leave, he arrived back in France and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast


Jan 8, 1919

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Nelson rejoined the 21st Battalion in Neunkirchen, Germany


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England, he was attached to the “P” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario by train


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277527

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 154 Union St., Kingston, Ontario

He was discharged to the care of the SCR (Soldier Civil Re-establishment) Department and employed at the Royal Military College in Kingston.  One of his duties there was the care of Nan, the mascot of the 21st Battalion

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 154 Union St., Kingston, Ontario


The Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VIII) visited Kingston
and was introduced to Nan and her escort Scotty Nelson




Jun 18, 1919

Admitted to the Sydenham Street Military Hospital in Kingston with a diagnosis that reads Lumbago

On admission he complained of back pain that radiated down his legs.  He states that his sleep is disturbed 3 or 4 times per night to empty his bladder.


Nov 13, 1919

Discharged from hospital


Jun 5, 1960

William Alexander Nelson died while a patient of the Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital in Toronto, Ontario and was buried in the Union Cemetery, Port Hope, Ontario



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