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William Nash was born at Arnold in 1881, he was the son of Joseph a coal miner hewer and Sarah Nash née Dickinson of Draytons Yard, Arnold. His father Joseph was born in 1852 at London, he died in 1915 aged 63 yrs his mother Sarah Dickinson was born in 1854 at Arnold, she died in 1918 aged 64 yrs they were married in 1875 their marriage was recorded in the Basford registration district, they had 7 children one of whom died in infancy or early childhood. In the 1911 census his parents are living at Draytons Yard, Arnold and are shown as Joseph 57 yrs a coal miner hewer, he is living with his wife Sarah 57 yrs and their children, Tommy 22 yrs a bus conductor and Ethel 16 yrs a hosiery mender. William married his wife Ellen Budding (born 1881 Yorkshire) on 2nd June 1906 at the Arnold parish church, they lived at 5 Morris Yard, Front Street, Arnold they went on to have the following Ethel b1906, Annie b1908, Margaret b1909 and William Henry b1911. In the 1911 Census the family are living at Morris Yard, Arnold and are shown as William 30 yrs a collier hewer, he is living with his wife Ellen 29 yrs and their children, Ethel 4 yrs, Annie 3 yrs and Margaret 2 yrs of age. Following his death his widow Ellen was awarded a pension of 33 shilling and 9 pence a week which commenced on 20th January 1919.
He was employed as a coal miner hewer
08 Jul 1918
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Lance Corporal
9th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers
Lance Corporal William Nash enlisted into the Northumberland Fusiliers at Nottingham in September 1914 and because of his age we believe he must have volunteered for he would have been too old for conscription. By July 1918, the Germans have seen their “Big Push” of March and April, come to nothing. Their lines of communication were now overstretched and supplies, even when they could be obtained, were difficult to move forward. The German Army began to withdraw, it was the beginning of the end, but they were still very dangerous and as the Allies probed forward in ever increasing strength, they often would receive a “Bloody Nose”. It was during one of the moves forward that William was killed by shell fire on 8th July 1918 when aged 37 years. He is buried at St Venant-Robecq Road, British Cemetery Robecq, France
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