|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Harwood Island, Clarence River, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Age at embarkation||23|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Flora Nelson, Kolan River South via Bundaberg, Queensland|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||52nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/69/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Hawkes Bay on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||49th Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
|Family/military connections||Father: 3637 Pte Joseph NELSON, 52nd Bn, returned to Australia, 5 November 1917; Brothers: 1706 Pte Hugh Bengt NELSON, 49th Bn, returned to Australia, 24 January 1919; 944A Pte Kenneth Joseph Francis NELSON, 49th Bn, returned to Australia, 25 March 1919.|
War service: Western Front
Embarked from Sydney, 20 April 1916; disembarked Egypt. Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 6 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 16 June 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 4 December 1916. Taken on strength, 52nd Bn, 25 January 1917.
Wounded in action (wound, left arm), 8 June 1917; rejoined unit, 28 August 1917.
Wounded in action, second occasion, 14 June 1918 (gun shot wound, left shoulder). transferred to England, 1 July 1918; admitted to Northamptonshire War Hospital, 2 July 1918; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 19 July 1918. Discharged to No. 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 16 August 1918.
Commenced return to Australia, 20 November 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 5 January 1919; discharged, 15 February 1919.
Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal