Allan William Nash Collection, F1512, item b, diary 1914
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Allan William Nash was a teacher in Gympie when he joined the 2nd Australian Light Horse regiment in 1914. He was initially a Captain in the B Squadron, and at Gallipoli was promoted to Major in command of C Squadron. He was killed in action on 29 June 1915. George Herbert Bourne in 'The history of the 2nd Light Horse Regiment Australian Imperial Force August 1914-April 1919' wrote 'Major Allan Nash was one of the most efficient, conscientious and respected officers in the Regiment and his loss was a serious one.' He left a wife and two sons.
Diary of 1909 and first part of 1914, records Allan Nash's daily life as a teacher and working on the farm in Gympie, Queensland. Diary of 1914 (second part) records Allan Nash's enlistment and training with 2nd Australian Light Horse, and their departure from Brisbane and landing in Egypt. Diary of 1915 records their deployment from Egypt to Gallipoli, landing there on 12 May 1915, and events at Gallipoli up till Allan Nash's death on 29 June 1915. This diary includes a few personal papers, and card from Mrs A W Nash of thanks for sympathy in loss of Major Allan Nash.