Nelson, Mads

Regimental Number: 447865
Rank: Private
Branch: Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry; 1st Canadian Labour Battalion

Mads was born in Nørre Broby, Denmark on August 27, 1871. It is unknown when he came to Canada, but he enlisted in the Canadian Army in Calgary in November of 1915. His wife Marie and their children Kay (13), Svend (7), and Karen (7) were still living in Denmark. According to his service file, Mads had defective vision and deformed teeth as a result of old age. He suffered from gunshot wounds on September 21, 1916 at the Somme. On the same day, a shell exploded near Mads and he suffered from defective hearing as a result. In May of 1918, Mads was invalided to Canada. He was discharged on July 20, 1918, being found medically unfit due to his injuries. Mads and Marie came to the South Peace in 1919 and filed on SW 9-78-20-W5; in 1921 the also filed on SE 33-78-20-W5. Marie died in 1958, and Mads died on May 16, 1960.