Nelson Cruikshank (c.1893-1915)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Nelson Cruikshank


Courtesy of David Simmons:[1]

Private, 9th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment Regimental No. 12649. Born in Lambeth, London. Killed in Action 14 November 1915 in France aged 24 years. Son of Alexander and Jemima Cruickshank of Lambeth, London. Employed as a Coal Miner (Hurrier) at a local mine in Emley and lodged in Linfit Lane, Kirkburton. Reported in the Huddersfield Examiner as the “Comrade in Arms” of Ben Clegg. Enlisted in Huddersfield.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

CRUIKSHANK, NELSON. Private. No 12649. 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment, attached 175th Company, Royal Engineers. Born Camberwell. Adopted son of Mrs Anne Rhodes, of Commercial Road, Skelmanthorpe, and formerly of Church Street, Emley. Employed by Messrs Stringer and Jagger. Was the first man from Emley to enlist, in August 1914. Killed in action, 14.11.1915, aged 22 years. Buried MAPLE COPSE CEMETERY, ZILLEBEKE, BELGIUM. Grave location:- Special Memorial J 19.
ROH:- Emley War Memorial.
His mother received the following letter from Private BEN CLEGG (who was later killed in action on 22.3.1918), 'Nelson was a favourite with the whole Company and his death has cast a gloom over them all. I want to convey to you the heartfelt sympathy of all his comrades and in adding my own I can honestly assure you that he died as he had lived – a good lad, a clean soldier and a above all a man.'

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Notes and References

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