Claude Wearing NASH (1879-1961)

Claude was born on 12 May 1879 at Emerson, Manitoba. He was the son of William Hill Nash (1846-1917) and Katherine Margaret Armstrong (1858-1891).

On 08 January 1908 at Winnipeg, he married Edna Mary Carley (1879-1944) and they had one child: George Carley (1915-1941).

He received his education at the Collegiate Institute in Winnipeg. He was a clerk with Canada Fire Insurance Co (1900-1904), secretary with Canada Fire Insurance Co. (1904-1906), inspector with Commercial Union Insurance Co. (1906-1907) and established Nash & McMeans in 1909 where he worked as an Insurance and Real Estate Agent.

Insurance and Real Estate Agent, Veteran

Claude had enlisted with the 106th Regiment, Winnipeg Light Infantry. This was an infantry regiment of the Non-Permanent Active Militia of the Canadian Militia. He was a First World War veteran having enlisted 20 April 1916 and served overseas in England and France with the 221st Battalion, the 78th Battalion, the 11th Reserve Battalion and 4th Canadian Entrenching Battalion. He held the rank of Lieutenant. On 30 October 1917 at Passchendaele, he suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh from a machine gun bullet resulting in his transfer to Deer Lodge Hospital, Winnipeg for convalescence in 1918. He was discharged 22 August 1918 as medically unfit.

Claude was a member of the Victoria Hockey Club and had been their vice-president, the Adanac, and the Winnipeg Rowing Club. He enjoyed playing all outdoor sports.

He died at Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg on 27 November 1961 and was buried in the family plot at the Old Kildonan Cemetery.


  • Birth, Marriage and Death Registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
  • Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 November 1961, page 25.
  • “Mrs Clause Nash, Clubwoman Dies”, The Winnipeg Tribune, 28 August 1944, page 8.
  • Canada, Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Ancestry.
  • Attestation Papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
  • Parker, CW. Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 3. International Press. (1913). Page 614.


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