Friday, 24 April 2015

ANZAC Day Remembrance

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PV Nash enlistment photo 1915
Private Percy Victor Nash, my great grandfather, enlisted in the AIF on 29 July 1915 - service number 3899. He served in 9/21st and fought on the western front. Percy played cornet in the band and spent quite some time in the hospitals in England, mainly from the poor conditions in which the soldiers fought. Percy's battalion was involved in the shooting down of the Red Baron. Whilst on leave in England, Percy was able to catch up with his brother George who was serving with the English. 

His best mate Snowy went missing whilst the men were on leave on Paris. They all feared he would never be seen again. As it turned out Snowy was indeed captured and held as a prisoner for several years - but this was a blessing in disguise. Snowy had been injured in battle and whilst imprisoned by the Germans, they gave him the extra medical attention he needed. He was released at the end of the war, out living Percy who died in 1974, six months before I born.
My cousin Cameron was one of the lucky students to be selected to attend the service at Gallipoli today after writing about our great grandfather.

9 / 21st in France
Lest we forget

The HQ Band in 1915

Pte PV Nash

PV Nash with his brother George
with Snowy Membrey