Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Rupert Peter Nelson

In memory of:

Private Rupert Peter Nelson

October 31, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

716196

Age:

25

Force:

Army

Unit:

The Royal Canadian Regiment

Additional Information


Born:

November 5, 1891
Tuffs Cove, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Enlistment:

May 20, 1916
Truro, Nova Scotia

Son of Christian and Agnes Selena (nee Wright) Nelson of Central North River, Nova Scotia. Brother of Hiram William Nelson, 52nd Battalion, lost in action 28 October 1917, Ida, Percy, Walter, Mary, Viola, Douglas, Ester, Bertha, Eva and Effie.

Commemorated on Page 300 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 10

Location:


The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Menin Gate
  • Inscription on Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial
  • Photo of Hiram William Nelson– Hiram William Nelsen and his brother Rupert Peter Nelson died within three days of one another. This picture is of Hiram.
Hiram was born 1896 and died October 28, 1917. Rupert was born 1891 and died October 31, 1917.

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