We regret to report that Harold (Harry) Nash died on 3rd September 2015 at the age of 93. after a long battle with bladder cancer.
Harry recently contributed a series of articles to the Gazette on his time as prisoner of war in Germany after being shot down in a bombing raid in WW2 . After the war he undertook an RAF German Interpreters Course, and, following post war duties in occupied Germany, Harry eventually went into teaching back in England teaching French and German to both O and A levels.
Later Harry came to Moseley Secondary (Modern) School 1960 as Head of Modern Languages and followed on to Moseley School on the merger of the two schools n 1974, eventually retiring from school teaching in 1981.
But Harry never really retired until illness took over in recent months.
He spoke regularly on British and German television about his experiences and each year was invited to speak to both English and German sixth formers and adult audiences. As a now confirmed pacifist, Harry worked for friendship between the two countries and in 1993 was awarded the Order of Merit by the German Government for his services to reconciliation.
Alongside that Harry also continued teaching French and giving talks mart conferences and meetings about France and the French. He helped form the Anglo French Society in Biimingham, and became its President in 1999 at aged 78, and for his continued work for friendship with France he was awarded the Diplome d’honneur de l’Alliance Francaise de Paris in 2000. Until the last 12 months he continued to teach French and German to groups of much younger ‘retirees’ at Birmingham Fircones.
Harry had an ever increasing following of friends thanks to his warm personality and good sense of humour.
His body will be cremated at Redditch Crematorium on Thursday 17th September 2015 at 11.00, followed by a memorial service at Earlwood Methodist Church, which is located at the corner of Rumbush Lane and Wood Lane, Earlswood B94 5JH. The former is likely to be a family service.
Photograph From: http://www.anglo-french.co.uk/a_la_memoire_de_harold_nash.htm