Harry Ashcroft, MM



Nov 26, 1882

Born at Northamptonshire England


Feb 1, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Tweed Ontario 

Ø      Number 636523

Ø      Next of kin given as Selina Ashcroft (mother) of 17 Battenburg Road, Leicester England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

o       This was later recorded as Electrician

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Nov 29, 1916

Transferred to the CMGD (Canadian Machine Gun Depot) at Crowborough


Dec 20, 1916

Transferred to the 154th Battalion at the Bramshott Camp


Jan 5, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jan 6, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb, 14, 1917

Left the CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Feb 19, 1917

Arrived at the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Feb 26, 1917

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion and joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The 21st Battalion was in the front line trenches north of Arras France


Aug 15, 1917

Attached to the 4th Canadian Trench Mortar Battery


Aug 25, 1917

Ceased to be attached on return to the 21st Battalion


Aug 28, 1917

Proceeded on Course 

The file does not mention the type of course, or it’s location.


Sep 8, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from course


Dec 9, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 24, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Jan 9, 1918

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Armstrong, 675590, who had reverted to rank of Pte


Feb 1, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Apr 2, 1918

Admitted to the No 2 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a shrapnel wound to his right leg and groin. 

He was transferred the same day to No 8 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) 

Later that night was transferred via the No 10 AT (Ambulance Train) to the No 22 General Hospital at Camiers


Apr 5, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Apr 6, 1918

Admitted to the 2/1st Southern General Hospital at Dudley Road, Birmingham


Apr 25, 1918

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #30652


This was for his actions during a trench raid on March 6th, 1918


May 22, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Jun 28, 1918

Transferred to the Manor Horton West Hospital at Epsom


Jul 20, 1918

Transferred to the West Cliffe Eye and Ear Hospital at Folkestone 

Diagnosis reads Corneal Opacities in his right eye, which is scarring of the Cornea caused by infection 

The doctors there concluded that “treatment is of no avail in this case” and they recommended that he be discharged


Aug 20, 1918

Discharged from hospital and On Command to No 3 CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Seaford


Oct 4, 1918

Posted to the CFCBD (Canadian Forestry Corps Base Depot) at Sunningdale


Oct 17, 1918

Posted to No 56 District 124th Company of the CFC at East Shorncliffe


Jan 15, 1919

Posted to No 53 District 126th Company of the CFC at Egham


Apr 24, 1919

Posted to the CFCBD at Sunningdale


May 31, 1919

Posted to Military District No 3 at Rhyl pending return to Canada


Jun 2, 1919

Embarked the SS Lapland at Liverpool



Jun 9, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia


Jun 11, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 278902

Ø      Rank shown on discharge Pte

o       Rank shown on Medals Card L/Cpl

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Belleville Ontario


Aug 1, 1921

Died accidentally at Sulfide Ontario by electrocution while working on a hydro wire 

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