Nelson, Lieutenant Eric Benjamin

No 4 Sqn AFC

Eric Nelson was born in St Leonards, NSW, on 7 January 1892 and was living in North Sydney while working as an Engineer with the Postmaster General’s Department when he joined the AFC in Sydney on 10 January 1917. He was serving as an officer in the 33rd Fortress Company of the AMF Engineers prior to his enlistment, and was already commissioned in the AFC when he departed from Melbourne on HMAT A5 Omrah on 17 January. In England he trained with No 47 Reserve and No 11 Training Sqns RFC before being posted to No 71 (Australian) Sqn. In December 1917 he flew to France to join his unit on the Western Front. The squadron became No 4 Sqn AFC on 19 January.

He died on 29 January 1918 from injuries received on 28 January at Bruay aerodrome while flying Sopwith Camel B5553; the aeroplane was wrecked when landing.

Lt E B Nelson is buried in Grave VI B 5 at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France.

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