Harold Ashton

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Oct 31, 1893

Born to Albert and Alice Ashton at Limpsfield, Surrey, England


Nov 23, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59025 (temporary number 1090)

Ø      Next of kin given as Albert Ashton, father, of Limpsfield, Surrey, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent


Jun 7, 1915

Admitted to the St Marins Plain Tent Hospital diagnosed with VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Jun 13, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 14, 1915

Transferred to “A” Company


Aug 30, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Oct 23, 1915

With the Battalion in Brigade Reserve at Ridgewood, Pte Ashton was detailed to a work party and was killed by an enemy artillery shell explosion


Ridgewood Cemetery
Voormezeele Belgium

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Albert Ashton, at Champions Cotts, Limpsfield, Surrey England 

The Memorial Cross was also sent to his mother, Alice Ashton, at the same address


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