CEF Soldier Detail

Private Nelson August Zettergreen
Died: April 7, 1919

Regimental Number:
540398
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Corps Cyclists
Battalion:
Divisional Cyclist Company
Company:
Place of Birth:
Mara, British Columbia
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Martha Zettergreen, mother. Mara, British Columbia
Address at Enlistment:
Mara, British Columbia
Date of Birth:
June 17, 1897
Trade or Calling:
Sailor
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
Victoria, British Columbia
Date of Enlistment:
September 3, 1915
Age at enlistment:
18
Height:
5 Feet 7 Inches
Chest:
36 Inches
Expansion:
4 Inches
Religion:
Church of England
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Died of Wounds
Battle Died/Wounded:
Gunshot/shrapnel wound, right thigh and lower back, August 28, 1918
Date of Death:
April 7, 1919
Age at Death:
21
Buried at:
Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia
Plot:
Jones 2.45.8.6
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Research Notes

Veteran's Death Card
Veteran's Death Card reverse

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/25340794/nelson-august-zettergreen

Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private Canadian Corps Cyclists Divisional Cyclist Company

Prior service with No. 2 Squadron, Border Horse.

Private Zettergreen suffered gunshot and shrapnel wounds to the back of his right thigh and lower back on August 28, 1918 while on active duty in France. He was diagnosed with paraplegia (irreversible spinal cord and nerve damage) on 6/2/1919. He was sent home to Canada on 24/2/1919.

His condition deteriorated to permanent lower limb paralysis, and shrapnel was found to be permanently lodged in his lower spinal cord. Private Zettergreen died from his condition at Vancouver Shaughnessy Hospital on 7/4/1919, at 9:00 am.

Sadly, from the medical reports in his service record, it is clear that his final days were not good, he likely suffered a lot.

Grave marker images: https://www.thecphl.com/valour/soldiers/zettergreen.nelson.html