Herman Ashton


Jun 25, 1891

Born in Ashton Under Lyne, England


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59026 (temporary number 270)

Ø      Next of kin given as Joseph Ashton, father, 66 Ashton Rd. E, Failsworth, Manchester, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 34th Regiment, Canadian Militia for 2 weeks

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company and was employed as a groom 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 14, 1915

Posted to “A” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


May 8, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Jun 28, 1916

While carrying trench mortar bombs to the front line trench while the battalion was under attack, Private Ashton slipped in the mud and suffered abdominal pain


Jul 6, 1916

Admitted to the No. 25 General Hospital in Hardelot with a diagnosis that reads Inguinal Hernia


Jul 8, 1916

Discharged to Base Details, Boulogne, with light duties


Jul 14, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre


Jul 15, 1916

Admitted to the No. 2 General Hospital, Havre, with a diagnosis that reads Inguinal Hernia


Jul 16, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Carisbrook Castle

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Mill Road Auxiliary Hospital, part of the No. 1 Western General Hospital, Fazakerley, Liverpool for Hernia repair

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Aug 9, 1916

Surgery performed to repair his hernia


Sep 2, 1916

Transferred to the Convalescent Hospital in Bearwood Park, Wokingham


Nov 25, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to the CCAC at Hastings


Dec 1, 1916

On Command to the Comm Depot


Mar 11, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and attached to the No. 3 CCD, (Canadian Convalescent Depot) Seaford for treatment at the St. Leonard’s Hospital


Mar 22, 1917

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford and employed as a runner


Mar 31, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jun 25, 1918

Granted permission to marry


Jun 29, 1918

Herman Ashton married and changed his next of kin to read Mrs. Margaret Ashton, wife


Aug 2, 1918

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital, Eastbourne, with a diagnosis that reads Urethritis, a urinary tract infection.  This was later changed to read Dementia and he was classed as a “Neurotic Case”. 

He claims that everyone accuses him of giving them VD and is talking about him.  He believes he is not fit to go back to his wife and that he is the cause of all the trouble in the world.


Aug 7, 1918

Medical Board held at the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital, Eastbourne, notes the following 

Ø      Left school at the age of 12

Ø      Claimed he had a Venereal Disease even though the doctors assured him that he didn’t as all tests were negative

Ø      He is afraid that he will infect his wife with VD

Ø      Is depressed and does not sleep well

Ø      He is given a Category Bii


Aug 19, 1918

Discharged to light duties from hospital


Aug 22, 1918

Admitted to the Mill Lane Military Hospital, Manchester with a diagnosis that reads Dementia, Delusional Insanity 

Posted to the EORD, Seaford while in hospital


Oct 1, 1918

Transferred to the Lord Derby War Hospital, Warrington


Nov 26, 1918

Invalided to Canada, embarking the Hospital Ship Araguaya in Liverpool

Dec 7, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Dec 9, 1918

Admitted to the Cobourg, Ontario Military Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Delusional Insanity with Convulsive Schizophrenic episodes


Jan 27, 1919

Began taking vocational classes


Mar 25, 1919

Medical Board at Cobourg, Ontario notes the following 

Ø      Diagnosis of Delusional Insanity from the English Medical Board

Ø      He suffered a recent psychotic episode

Ø      He no longer believes that he is suffering from VD

Ø      Believes that he was the cause for the current war

Ø      Declares him fit for light work only

Ø      Recommends that he be discharged from the CEF with assistance for 6 months


Apr 17, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 276224

Ø      War Service Badge Class “B” issued number c55592

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Box 115, Cobourg, Ontario 

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 64 O’Kill St., Kingston, Ontario


Jun 1, 1921

The Canadian Census shows him living at 64 O’Kill St, Kingston, with his wife Margaret and his occupation as Civil Servant 

The 1949 Voter’s List shows him living at 222 Stuart Street, Kingston with his wife Margaret and his occupation as Civil Servant


Jul 5, 1950

Herman Ashton passed away in Kingston, Ontario.  His widow’s address is given as 222 Stuart St., Kingston


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