A family tribute to our Uncle, Sgt F Alan Nelson RAFVR 1915-1941

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

In August this year I visited and stayed with my brother John and his wife Christine in East Sussex. John is our family historian and archivist, so we looked through family photo albums, and realised that, for our Uncle we never knew, we needed to try and piece together more about his short life for perpetuity, and for Remembrance Day.

Earlier this year I had been to our local Beeston library to search on UK census records for our Nelson family history and it was fascinating. Frederick Alan Nelson was born on 13 February 1915 to his parents Frederick and Lilian Nelson. They lived at 31 Trent Boulevard, Lady Bay, Nottingham. His sister Sonia (our mother) was born four years later on 31 December 1919.

Here’s some lovely photographs (above) of them together at Wilford Farm (right) (now No. 110 &112 Wilford Lane, West Bridgford) with their mother Lilian. Wilford Farm was lived in and run by Lilian’s parents, Emily and William Thompson. William was also a horse dealer and you can still see the site of the Victorian stable building now converted to semi-detached houses (behind Nos 110 & 112). From 1901 Census records, Emily & William Thompson lived at 4 Woodland Road (off Trent Blvd) before they moved to Wilford Farm.

On the left you can see Alan and Sonia with their Dad Fred very smartly dressed up for their trip to Skegness c. 1923. I love Fred’s flat cap and stripey socks! Click on the photos to enlarge.

Here’s some more photos above of the family on that special Skegness outing c. 1923.

My Facebook post link below of 12 August telling a short story about Fred and Lily Nelson (seen left).