John Thomas Nash

Memorial: Compton Greenfield, All Saints Church Memorial Window

Regiment: Royal Navy

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Ship's cook 1st Class

Parents: David and Jane Nash

Marital status: Married

Home address: 186 Clive Road, Kingston, Portsmouth

Pre-war occupation: Ship's Cook

Date of birth: 05/01/1878

Place of birth: Oldbury on Severn, Bristol

Date of death: 1946

Buried/Commemorated at: Died in Portsmouth. Commemorated on Easter Compton and Compton Greenfield Memorials, and on Oldbury Memorial.

Age: 68

Further information:

John was born in Oldbury on Severn, the son of a general labourer who was a former sailor. John was the eldest child of five children with two sisters and two brothers. He initially enlisted in the Royal Marine Artillery in 1897 then transferred to the Royal Navy in August 1901 when he was described as 5'8 ½ " tall with brown hair blue eyes and a fair complexion. John married Caroline Knight in 1899 and together they had 3 children William Edith and Frederick.

John served as a ship's cook in both peacetime and wartime and his first ship was the Duke of Wellington I. He was aboard the battleship St Vincent when it engaged in the Battle of Jutland (31st May -1st June 1916). This was the only major Naval battle of WW1 and was a British victory. John's last ship was the Victory III and he was discharged from the Navy on 24th October 1919. In 1939 he was working as a school attendance officer in Waterlooville, Portsmouth and continued to reside there until his death at the age of 68 of non-war related causes.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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