5 October 1916 Pte Nelson Blake Pierce died on this day

401823 Pte Nelson Blake Pierce, 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles (Quebec Regiment)

Born at Ailsa Craig, Ontario on  4 May 1896, Nelson was the youngest son of Moses and Salome Pierce. An apiarist by trade, he enlisted at London, Ontario on 1 November 1915. By October 1916, Nelson was serving on the Somme front. Having taken part in actions around Courcelette, his unit was in Albert on the day he died. 150 men were working on repairs on the Albert-Bapaume road under sporadic shellfire. It would appear that Nelson was a victim of this shellfire, dying in No 9 CCS at Contay later that day. He is now buried in Contay British Cemetery.

5 October 1916 killed in action

Research by David O'Mara