William Henry Aquilla NASH was born 20 January 1896 in Newbury, Berkshire, England. He married Lily May FUTCHER 29 January 1916 in Odiham, Hampshire, England. He died bet. January and March, 1932 in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England. Lily May FUTCHER was born 23 October 1893 in North Warnborough, Hampshire, England. She died 17 December 1989 in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England.

Children of William Henry Aquilla NASH and Lily May FUTCHER are:
1. Pearl Louisa Alice NASH, b. 04 February 1917 See Harold George KNIBBS & Pearl Louisa Alice NASH
2. Maxwell Royston Wyndham NASH, b. abt. 12 April 1927 See Maxwell Royston Wyndham NASH & Muriel M FERGUSON
3. Dorothea E NASH, b. 14 July 1932 See Leonard Henry ROWELL & Dorothea E NASH
4. Donald William Henry NASH, b. bet. July and September, 1921

Notes for William Henry Aquilla NASH:

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William enlisted in the Royal Marines Artillery in Southampton on 30 August 1916. In October 1917 he joined the Howitzer Brigade and remained with them until the end of his service.

I note that at the end of his service, he was discharged to No.2 Vines Villa, Mortimer Lane, Basingstoke, Hampshire. I'm assuming that was what the house was called befor it became quite simp;y, 45 Mortimer Lane.

William died in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England during q1/1932, aged 36 years.

His exact cause of death is not known. The story I was told by his daughter Pearl (my mother) was that he stopped in his van on the way home to pick some watercress from a river for his pet birds. He was a milkman and had been collecting money that day from his customers. As he leaned over the river, the bag of cash slipped and dragged him into the river. He banged his head and was drowned. The Coroner at the inquest gave an open verdict.

I'd never seen any photographs of William until quite recently but remember my mother Pearl telling me that he was a very tall and very good looking man. For anyone who can remember, he apparently looked very much like Harry Lime who starred in "The Thin Man" series in the old black and white television days.

I was always told that William's family was from Caergwrle in Flintshire, Wales but have been unable to find him there, or for that matter, any other NASH there in any census. There is however a Henry William Acquilla Nash who was born at the right time in Newbury, Berkshire, and I believe it is most likely to be him. Having mentioned Newbury to his daughter Dorrie, she said that she remembers some of the furniture in the house where she grew up was a wedding present to her parents from one of her dad's aunts and uncles who lived in Newbury, so there was a definite connection.
Dorrie can also remember visiting one family there when she was very little and recalls that they were quite poor. The lady of the house was called Auntie Louise, and they had two boy's one of whom was deaf and the other couldn't speak. Dorrie was told that her paternal grandparents gave up their home to take care of an elderly relative in Caergwrle, so she always thought that they lived close by but accepts thay they may well have moved from Newbury.
We know for sure that William had family in Caergwrle, but it maybe that they moved there later - or even a different part of the family. My sister Janet remembers that one family member had a butchers shop in Mold, Flintshire.

William's daughter Dorrie remembers that her dad had a sister Nellie and that she married a man named Albert Jenkins but sadly, she died in 1933 aged just 33 years. Interestingly, there is a Primrose Elizabeth Nash who married an Albert Jenkins in Oct-Dec 1919 at a place called Hawarden District which is in Flintshire, Wales, so close to Caergwrle. Primrose E Jenkins died at Hawarden Jul-Sep 1933 aged 34. I can't help thinking that this must be more than just coincidence.

Dorrie remembers her dad had another sister named Alice Ivy ('Cis') who married John Albert Palmer. He died in 1963 aged 61 years.
There was an Alice Ivy P Nash born in Newbury District between July and September, 1897.

I suspect this is William's family in 1901, living at Redfield, Cold Ash near to Thatcham, Newbury, Berkshire. The age of Primrose is about right to have been Primrose Nash who married Albert Jenkins. Could Aquilla be William Henry Aquilla? Is Alice the mother of the children, and if so, is that why William's older daughter was given the name Alice as one of her Christian names:
Henry Nash 40 Swindon Wilts Berkshire Cold Ash Bricklayer (Own Account)
Alice Nash 30 Highclere Hants Berkshire Cold Ash
Primrose Nash 2 Newbury Berks Berkshire Cold Ash
Priscilla Nash 3 Newbury Berks Berkshire Cold Ash
Aquilla Nash 5 Newbury Berks Berkshire Cold Ash

I believe Priscilla is in fact Alice Ivy P who was born Jul-Sep 1897 at Newbury District.

Also living in Cold Ash was Elizabeth Nash who may well have been related:
Elizabeth Nash 45 Greenham Berks Berkshire Cold Ash Laundress

William's family can be seen again in 1911 living at 2 Prospect Place, St Johns Road, Newbury, Berkshire:
William Henry Nash Head Married M 53 Hawker or dealer Miscellaneous Swindon Wilts
Alice Nash Wife Married 16 F 40 Highclere Hampshire
William Henry Acquilla Nash Son Single M 15 Butcher Errand Boy Newbury Berks
Alice Ivy Priscilla Nash Daughter Single F 13 School Newbury Berks
Ellen Sophia Primrose Nash Daughter Single 12 School Newbury Berks

William married Lily Futcher in 1916.

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of William.

Sources for William Henry Aquilla NASH:

  1. Living memory of me, Don Knibbs,
  2. Marriage Certificate of Lily May Nash,
  3. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  4. 1911 British Census,
  5. Military Record,
  6. FindMyPast.com,

Notes for Lily May FUTCHER:

For history of the FUTCHER Family, go to Lily May's family page at:

A photo of Lily taken in her back garden at 45 Mortimer Lane (now Church Square), Basingstoke, Hampshire, probably in about 1930, before he husband William died.

We can see Lily in 1901, aged 7 years, living with her family at Up Street, North Warnborough, Hampshire:
Cantilo F Futcher Head M 37 Brick Setter (Worker) Awbridge Hants
Louisa Futcher Wife M 38 Colmore Hants
Matilda Futcher Daur S 15 Medstead Hants
Alfred Jas Futcher Son S 14 Horse Driver Medstead Hants
Sidney Wm Futcher Son S 12 Woodmancott Hants
Arthur Chas Futcher Son S 11 Greywell Hants
Louisa G Futcher Saur S 10 N Warnborough Hants
Lily May Futcher Daur S 7 N Warnborough Hants
Albert S Futcher Son S 4 N Warnborough Hants
Stanley G Futcher Son S 3 N Warnborough Hants
Mary M Futcher Daur 11 mnths N Warnborough Hants

We can see Lily and her family at the time of the 1911 census, living at North Warnborough, Odiham, Hampshire:
Cantilo Fred Futcher Head 47 Married Labourer Steam Roller Awbridge Hants
Louisa Futcher Wife 49 Married (28 years) Colemore Hants
Alfred James Futcher Son 25 Single Traction Engine Driver Medstead Hants
Arthur Charles Futcher Son 21 Single Printer Greywell Hants
Louisa Gertrude Futcher Daughter 19 Single Mothers Help North Warnboro Hants
Lily Futcher Daughter 17 Single Domestic Servant North Warnboro Hants
Albert Thomas Futcher Son 15 Single Erand Boy Grocers North Warnboro Hants
Stanley George Futcher Son 13 Single School North Warnboro Hants
Mary Maud Futcher Daughter 11 Single School North Warnboro Hants
Daisey Bessy Futcher Daughter 9 Single School North Warnboro Hants
Kitty Mable Futcher Daughter 6 Single School North Warnboro Hants
Georgina May Futcher Daughter 7 Single School North Warnboro Hants

The census states that Cantilo and Louisa had been married for 28 years, had 13 children in total, but one of them died before 1911.

I know from an old family photograph that in later years, Cantilo and Louisa lived in the Alms Houses at Odiham, Hampshire, England.

Lily married William Nash in 1916.

Photograph taken on August 12th 1939 at the wedding of her daughter Pearl to Harold Knibbs. Click to enlarge.

Sadly, I don't have a great deal to record against Lily Nash - or "Nanny" Nash as we grandchildren used to call her. She had a pretty tough life bringing up her four children after her husband died tragically. She never remarried and from what I remember, other than for work and shopping, she never left the house.
Lily and her husband William rented the house at 45 Mortimer Lane, Basingstoke when they married in 1916, and Lily remained there probably until the mid-1980's. The house was quite large and very difficult to keep warm, so in the mid-1980's she moved into a smaller bungalow at Kempshott, fairly close to her daughter Dorothea and grand-daughter Janet.

I remember that for some time, Lily worked at the Ideal Milk Bar in Basingstoke. That must have been in the early 1950's as I remember visiting her there.

From what I remember, the house where she live in Mortimer Lane belonged to Mr & Mrs Tuddenham who lived in the house next door. In the 80's the local authorities offered to install hot water and a bath room (as the house had neither) for free. Lily thanked them very much but turned the offer down. She told them that if they'd offered it 60 years ago when she had 4 young children to bring up, she would have jumped at the chance, but having survived this long without it, she could make do a little longer.

Her new bungalow in Kempshott had hot running water and every visitor was taken into the kitchen where the tap was turned on so that they could feel the water that came out - pure magic!

Mortimer Lane no longer exists in Basingstoke. The houses are still there, smack bang in the middle just around the corner from St Michael's Church. However, for some reason which I'm sure the local council can explain, Mortimer Lane was renamed as Church Lane.

I have fond memories of Lily but remember as a child, if she washed your face you knew it had been washed! It glowed red for hours afterwards. She also had the habit of licking her hanky and wiping grubby marks from our mouths. The strangest habit of all was when the tea leaves got stuck in the spout - she'd place her mouth over the spout and give a good strong blow.

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Lily.

Sources for Lily May FUTCHER:

  1. Living memory of me, Don Knibbs,
  2. 1901 British Census,

Notes for Donald William Henry NASH:

Donald was a pilot during the second world war. I believe he joined the the RAF in 1940. This photo shows him at home, 45 Mortimer Lane, Basingstoke, Hampshire England wearing his Flight suit. His sister Pearl wrote on the back "This is Don in his flying suit taken in the garden. Doesn't he look funny." (click to enlarge)

He was a Flight Sergeant with 244 Sqdn, RAFVR. He died when his aeroplane caught fire during take-off. The photo above was taken by Donald himself in his quarters at Basra, Iraq in 1943 (click to enlarge) whilst fighting alongside the P.A.I. (Persia and Iraq) Forces.

A picture of Don taken in October 1942 just nine months before he was tragically killed.

In Memory of

244 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died aged 22 on Thursday, 15th July 1943.

Flight Sergeant NASH was the son of William Henry and Lilly May Nash, of Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Remembered with Honour

Grave Reference/Panel No: Coll. grave 8.J 2-3

From what I understand, the above is the original grave of Donald in Basra, Iraq before the War Cemetery was created.

Tragically, the cemetery at Basra suffered years of neglect and deliberate desecration under Saddam Hussein's regime. Hundreds of headstones were destroyed and many others damaged. British soldiers serving in Iraq in 2003, including troops from the 1st Battalion The Queen's Lancashire Regiment, based only a few hundred yards away, began the task of salvaging the surviving headstones for safe storage until the Commonwealth War Graves Commission can undertake a comprehensive reconstruction.

I understand that Don was a bell ringer at St Michael's Church in Basingstoke and as such, his name is recorded on the the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers' web site. (Click thumbnail to see images).

The Council commissioned a handwritten Memorial Book for each War containing the names of all bell ringers who were casualties of war. These books can be viewed in a display case on the way up to the ringing chamber at St Paul's Cathedral, London.

From the Dundee Courier - 15 July 1946:
KIER - In poroud and loving memory of our dearly beloved son, and brother, Flight-Sgt. Observer George Kier, R.A.F.V.R. killed while fling with P.I.A. forces, July 15 1943.
Remembrance, like a mornoin' dream
Flees aye to thee
Also remembering his pals, Flight-Sgt. Pilot Donald Nash of Basingstoke, England, and Sgt. W.O.A.G. Monstrole Sublet, of Maryland, Australia, who died with him.
Per ardua ad astra.


Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Don.

Also his pals, George Keir from Scotland, and Montrose Edward Sublet from Mayland, Australia, who died with him.

Sources for Donald William Henry NASH:

  1. Living memory of me, Don Knibbs,
  2. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 
  3. 1881 Census frrom Alan Mumford,