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Robert Arthur Nelson

In memory of:

Lieutenant Robert Arthur Nelson

August 28, 1944

Military Service


Age:

25

Force:

Army

Unit:

South Saskatchewan Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Born:

December 29, 1918
Edmonton, Alberta

Enlistment:

June 24, 1940
Vancouver, British Columbia

Son of Arthur I. and Maud M. Nelson, of Hollyburn, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 404 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

XX. E. 4.

Location:

This cemetery lies on the west side of the main road from Caen to Falaise (route N158) and just north of the village of Cintheaux. Bretteville-sur-Laize is a village and commune in the department of the Calvados, some 16 kilometres south of Caen. The village of Bretteville lies 3 kilometres south-west of the Cemetery. Buried here are those who died during the later stages of the battle of Normandy, the capture of Caen and the thrust southwards (led initially by the 4th Canadian and 1st Polish Armoured Divisions), to close the Falaise Gap, and thus seal off the German divisions fighting desperately to escape being trapped west of the Seine. Almost every unit of Canadian 2nd Corps is represented in the Cemetery. There are about 3,000 allied forces casualties of the Second World War commemorated in this site.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Robert A. Nelson– Robert Nelson c1940
  • Photo of Robert Arthur Nelson– Written on back of photo by younger brother, Don Nelson:
Robert Arthur Nelson, soon after he received his Commission in Victoria BC
  • Headstone of R.A. Nelson– Written on back of photo by younger brother, Don Nelson: Canadian Military Cemetery, Brettville-sur-Laize, Antheaux near Caen, France
Lieut. R A Nelson, South Saskatchewan Regiment, 28th August 1944 Age 25.
Bless the Lord, O my soul:  And all that is within me bless His holy name.
  • Cemetery– The Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, located 20 kilometres south of Caen, France.  (J. Stephens)

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