Corporal George Nelson


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present.

George Nelson enlisted in the North Irish Horse at some point following the declaration of war in August 1914 (regimental number unknown). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp until November 1916, when he and around 100 other North Irish Horsemen volunteered to transfer to the Royal Irish Rifles. The formal transfer took place on 7 December (Nelson was issued regimental number 40904), and on that day the men embarked for France. There they were posted to the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, joining it on the Somme front on 12 December.

No further information has been located about Nelson's service with the Royal Irish Rifles through the remainder of the war.