Rifleman John H Nelson

07 Jun 1944

John Henry Nelson was born and lived in Londonderry, he enlisted in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and volunteered for airborne forces.

Rifleman Nelson successfully completed glider training and was posted to 1st (Airborne) Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles and took part in Operation Overlord (Normandy).

Rfn Nelson was killed in action on 7 June 1944, age 22, and was given a field burial at St Honorine and was re-interred to Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France, on 17 July 1945.

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