Is it him ?

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  1. Chimp

    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    I have a chap, Alfred Noel Edgar Wyle Nash, his birth was actually registered with the name Alf Nowell Edgar Wyile in 1893, His mother married William Nash 3 years later.

    In 1916 he married Mabel Annie Bedbrook nee Trowbridge on 29th July 1916 in Farnham Surrey.

    Trouble was Mabel was already married. Alfred and Mabel were found guilty of Bigamy. Mabel was sentenced to 4 month imprisonment, not only for marrying bigamously but for harbouring a deserter, but by paying a surety of £20 was able to stay out of prison to look after her 2 young children who were said to be Alfred's.

    Alfred got 6 months.

    In the courts it was said that Alfred E Nash was of the A.S.C. attached to the Royal Berkshire Regiment stationed at Dublin.

    The only army record I can find for an Alfred Nash with anything to do with the Royal Berkshire Regiment is:-
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    What do you all think, is it him ?
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    It certainly looks like him.

    The Service Medal and Award Rolls are on Ancestry and show that they were awarded in 1920 - the roll is dated 8th October that year and signed by a Captain with an unreadable name... :cool:
     
  3. Archie's Mum

    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    I found 2 more #27406 and #16477 Alfred or A E Nash Berkshire Regiment. Didn't see A S C though.
     
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    I think it is him, by mentioning the ASC and the Royal Berkshire it seems a good likelihood it's him.
     
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    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    I don't know if it is of any use, but in one of the newspaper reports (Reading Observer 21st August 1915) Alfred is stated to be "a baker working in the ASC".
     
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    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    Yes @AnnB that confirms it. He was a baker. In 1939 he was in Ludlow and his profession was bread baker.

    I shall have to get a copy of the artical.
     
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    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    Brilliant - can you access it or.........;)
     
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    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    I have only seen 2 mentions of it in the papers and neither mentioned him being a baker. So.....;)
     
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    I don't think you can have any certainty that the medal roll is 'your' Alfred. Medals were only awarded to men who had served in a theatre of war, and as he was in the papers with Mabel in 1915 (also listed as a deserter), was marrying and having children 1916-1917, and in Dublin in 1918 then I'm not so sure he did.

    For at least some of the time he appears to have been attached to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion of the Berkshire Regiment, who were stationed as follows:

    4 Aug 1914 Stationed at Reading and then moved to Portsmouth.
    Nov 1917 Moved to Dublin until the end of the war.
     
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    Message received and understood :D

    I love the comment of the judge when admonishing Mabel for harbouring Alfred. He said that she should have informed the police when she discovered Alfred was a deserter, but that "she had no doubt shown him kindly consideration" :cool: Then he fined her £1 :rolleyes:
     
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    Fold 3 have a mention of an A Nash court martial in Aldershot 23 August 1915
    reg ASC ref WO 86/66
     
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