Nash, Charles: Service no. 769976


Digitized Service Record


Source: August 1918 casualty.

British Home Child

Source: Contributed to the 18th Battalion Facebook Group by David Cawrey.

Summary of Service[i] for Private Charles Nash, reg. no. 769976

Date Event Remarks
July 24, 1897 Born Born at Bucks, England to Laura Nash.
January 10, 1916 Enlisted Enlisted at Toronto, Ontario with the 124th Battalion. He was a farmer that stood 5’7.25” tall. At 18-years, 6-months, his chest measured 33.5” with an expansion of 2.5”. He was considered fair with grey eyes and light brown hair. His next-of-kin was his mother, Laura Nash and she resided at 2 Cross Keys Yard, Stone, Stratford, Bucks, England. Private Nash resided at 233 Niagara Street, Toronto, Ontario when he enlisted. He had no prior military experience. He is 119 lbs. He is assigned to “B” Company, 124th Battalion.
January 31, 1916 Inoculated Inoculated for typhoid.
February 4, 1916 Inoculated Inoculated for typhoid.
July 30, 1916 Makes Will Leave entire real and personal estate to his mother.
August 1, 1916 Assigned Pay Commences Private Nash assigns $20.00 per month to his mother, Laura Nash, residing at 2 Crosskeys Yard, Stoney, Stratford, Bucks.
August 2, 1916 Vaccinated
August 7, 1916 Sales to England Sales to England aboard the S.S. Cameronia, from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
August 7, 1916 Arrives England
October 10, 1916 Taken on Strength Taken on Strength with the 18th Battalion.
October 11, 1916 Arrives Arrives at the Canadian Base Depot, Etaples, France.
November 5, 1916 Arrives Arrives at 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion.
February 2, 1917 Court Martial “Sent to 3 days F.P. No. 1 for ‘Whilst on Active Service, Conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline – making false statements of treatment in the army.”
February 21, 1917 Joined Unit Joined the 18th Battalion at the Thelus Sector.
April 16, 1917 Hospitalized General Hospital at Wimereux for chilblains.
April 18, 1917 Transferred Transferred to 1st West General Hospital, Liverpool, England.
July 31, 1917 Transferred Transferred to Woodcote Park, Epsom for treatment of trench foot.
September 15, 1917 Transferred Transferred to Canadian Military Hospital, Basingstoke, England.
February 2, 1917 Court Martial “Sent to 3 days F.P. No. 1 for ‘Whilst on Active Service, Conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline – making false statements of treatment in the army.”
October 30, 1917 Proceeds of a Medical Board taking place at No. 4 Canadian General Hospital, Basingstoke indicates that Private Nash is in good condition. Arches sore after walking 2-miles. Arches good. Some pain while lying in bed. Fit for duty.
November 3, 1917 Discharged
April 1, 1918 Posted Posted from 2nd Canadian Convalescent Depot.
April 7, 1918 Posted Posted to 18th Battalion via the 4th Reserve Battalion
April 8, 1918 Arrives Arrives 2nd Canadian Infantry Base Depot, Etaples, France. Taken on Strength, 18th Battalion.
April 10, 1918 Arrives Arrives Canadian Corp Reinforcement Camp.
June 19, 1918 Arrives Arrives “in the field” with the 18th Battalion. It is in Brigade Support.
 August 28, 1918 Killed in Action Zero hour for this days operation was set for 12.30 noon. Bn. was in support of 20th Bn. Heavy casualties were suffered in the advance to the slope of the SENSEE RIVER, machine gun nests and wire in the German line being equally heavy. Capt. Mackedie was shot through the hand and instantly killed rushing a German gun post; Lieut. Cole, shot through the eye, was afterwards found dead; Major Graham and Lts. Lawrence [sic], Donaldson and Krug were wounded. Under terrific fire the Bn. was compelled to temporarily withdraw and take up a line in the sunken roads fronting the German wire East of the SENSEE RIVER. 52 O.R. arrived as reif. 3 O.Rs on leave. Approx. casualties all ranks, 10 killed & 70 wounded.”


Note the diarist gives an approximation of casualties as the Battalion has yet to determine with certainty the number of men killed and wounded.


His Circumstances of Death Card relate: “Was hit in the neck by a machine gun bullet and killed, during operations in the vicinity of Vis-en-Artois.”


On or about August 28, 1918 Buried Buried at Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery and Memorial Haucourt, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, plot I.B.14. He lies with 18 other members of the 18th Battalion interned there.
January 25, 1921 Memorial Plaque and Scroll Card Memorial Plaque, No. [P29B] and Memorial Scroll, No. Z455098 issued to father, Jonas Nash. Memorial Cross to mother, Laura Nash, possibly under No. M642473.
October 21, 1921 Roll Card Roll Card notes that the Roll No. for Private Nash is page 6662. The address for his mother is recorded as Mrs. Laura Nash, 3 High Street, Stantonbury, Bucks, England.


[i] The Summary of Service for this soldier is meant as just that, a summary of his service. It is not intended to be an exhaustive biographical relation of his life or his war service. Some information may be deliberately suppressed by the author out of sensitivity to the soldier. Readers are encouraged to reference the actual service records available at the Library and Archives Canada in PDF format if they wish to learn more about this soldier. Such additional information (i.e. hyperlinks etc.) are for informational purpose only and no claim to verification or accuracy is made by the author of this summary.

“Killed in Action”Was hit in the neck with a machine gun bullet, and killed, during operations in the vicinity of Vis-En-Artois.
Grave Marker – Grave marker – Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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