Lance Corporal 41336 15th Battalion, Royal Scots
The Aldershot News 10 May 1918 ran the following article entitled NEWS WANTED. “Mr James Nash of 2 Hayes Villas, Ash Vale would be grateful for any news of his son 41336 Lnc Corp SE Nash A Company (No 2 Platoon) 15th Royal Scots missing since October 22nd 1917. Lnc Corp Nash was formerly in the Royal Field Artillery and afterward transferred to the Royal Scots and went on active service on the Western Front. Should this meet the eye of any of his comrades who can give his father any further information it will be gratefully received.”
Sydney Nash was baptised in St Mary’s Church 19 June 1898, the son of James and Amelia Nash.
The 1901 census records that James Nash was a farmer’s son, and lists the children as William 7, Frederick 5, Sydney 2, and May aged 10 months. The Ash Parish Magazine April 1906 records that Sidney Blake, Sydney Nash, Albert and Oliver Williams and Edward Young were amongst 35 boys who received prizes for good attendance at St Mary’s Sunday School. The 1911 census records Mr Nash worked at the Frimley District Water Works, and the family lived at 2 Hayes Villas, Frimley Road, Ash Vale.
Sydney Nash enlisted in Guildford with the Royal Field Artillery (122757) on 12 January 1916, he was a grocer’s assistant and was 5 feet 3 inches tall with a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair.
He had transferred to the 3rd Battalion Scottish Rifles (26743) before he went to France on 4 April 1917; and transferred to 15th Battalion Royal Scots (41336) on 20 April. His service record is stamped “MISSING. Now regarded for official purposes as having died on or since 22/10/1917”
For more information please see Lest we forget web page by Lee Thomas
Image courtesy of the Aldershot News