Sergeant 3rd Class

Allen William NASH

YEAR OF DEATH

1956

JURISDICTION

New South Wales

DETAILS OF DEATH

On 16 August 1956 the Sergeant was on duty at the Port Kembla Police Station. Following the receipt of a message of shots fired at a Primbee dwelling occupied by a woman and two children Sergeant Nash left to attend to the complaint. Upon arrival he found the offender Russin near the back verandah of the house and spoke to him. The offender however simply raised the rifle he was carrying and shot the Sergeant. The bullet unfortunately passed through Sergeant Nash’s abdomen damaging his spine and causing him to drop his pistol. With his right arm paralysed Sergeant Nash picked up the pistol with his left hand and although in great pain managed to fire two shots. One shot hit the offender in the hands and the other penetrated the heart killing him. Sergeant Nash was posthumously awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Gallantry the Peter Mitchell Trophy and the George Lewis Trophy. The Sergeant was born in 1916 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 3 July 1939. At the time of his death he was stationed at Port Kembla.

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