Clyde Traill Traill-Nash
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||7 Mar 1920|
|Place of Birth||Kelmscott, Western Australia|
|Description||5'9¼" (1.75m) tall ; ; medium complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||"Glen Elland", Albany road, Kelmscott, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr Robert Traill-Nash|
|Date of Enlistment||6 Mar 1941|
|Rank||Gunner (Army) & Acting Sub Lieutenant (Navy)|
|Ships Served On|
|Ship Name||HMAS Nizam|
|Tour Dates||15 Dec 1944 ‒ 30 Aug 1945|
|Ship Name||HMAS Shropshire|
|Tour Dates||3 Sep 1945 ‒ 31 Aug 1946|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
1939-45 Star |
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
On 19 Mar 1942 Clyde was discharged from the Militia. When he entered the Navy he had a Batchelor of Science (Engineering) so it might be assumed that he completed his degree after being discharged from the Army. He was mobilised into the RANVR (Navy Reserve) on 23 Aug 1944 at HHAS Leeuwin, and was sent to HMAS Cerberus on 5 Sep 1944 to undertake initial training.
On 15 Dec 1944 he was posted to HMAS Nizam an N Class Destroyer. On 1 February in a position twelve miles off Cape Leeuwin and while altering course, the ship struck a freak wave and rolled very heavily, 75 to 80 degrees, to port and 10 ratings were lost overboard. This accident occurred at ten o'clock at night with the wind at nearly gale force. The ship circled for a long period but no sign of any survivor was seen. Some damage was caused and Nizam remained at Fremantle until 7 March 1945 making good defects.
On 14 Mar 1945 the Nizam joined the remainder of the N Class Destroyers in Sydney, and on 1 Apr 1945 they proceeded in company for Manus island, and then Leyte Gulf, arriving there on 13 Apr 1945. Here they joined the British Pacific Fleet. She remained operational in the Pacific until the Japanese Surrender, and on the day itself she was duty destroyer in Tokyo Bay.
However, it appears that Clyde transferred the previous day on 1 Sep 1945 to the HMAS Shropshire which was also present at the surrender. The Shropshire remained in Japanese waters until 17 Nov 1945 when she departed for Sydney. In May 1946 the Shropshire left Australia for England, carrying the Australian Contingent for the Empire Victory Celebrations. After the celebrations she returned to Australia in August 1946. On 1 Sep 1946 Clyde returned to HMAS Leeuwin to prepare for demobilisation from the Navy on 4 Oct 1946.
Clyde married Ariel Bishop in Victoria during 1946.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at 50 Christowell street, Camberwell, Victoria, electrical engineer; 1963 at 46 Rochester road, Canterbury; 1967 - 1980 at 324 Union road, Balwyn (daughter Sally Deborah?);