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WW1 Casualty: Private 10069 Samuel Ashton -

Private 10069 Samuel Ashton



Unit/Regiment 1st Bn., Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Date of Death 06/04/1916 Age at Death 17
Burial/Memorial
& Reference
Basra Memorial
Panel 26 & 63
CWGC Family Details (if shown) Birth Registered Q4/1898, Prescot, 8b, 798
Census Details 1901 -
Samuel, aged 10, was living with parents Joseph 51, Ellen 49 and siblings at 42 Grosvenor Road, Wavertree, West Derby

1911 -
Samuel, now 20, single and working as a General Labourer is living with parents Joseph 61, Ellen 59 and siblings at 29 Baden Road, Old Swan.

On each census Samuel's place of birth is Wavertree although his mother Ellen was from Prescot
SDGW – Where Born Prescot, Lancs
Enlisted Oxford
Resided Liverpool
How Died Killed In Action Theatre of War Mesopotamia
Notes Additional research by John Yates
Research Ref. No. P007

Service Details



The Reading Mercury reported Private Ashton as "missing" in its edition of 1st July 1916 (above)


Samuel Ashton's Medal Index Card shows that he first entered the French Theatre of War on 20th May 1915, which entitled him to the 1914-1915 Star in addition to the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.



His records show that he initially served with the 1st Bn of the Regiment but at an unknown date was transferred to the 2nd Bn., and this will have resulted in a transfer to Mesopotamia, where he died on 6th April 1916.



Private Ashton's inscription on the Basra Memorial (above) with a close up (below)









The Register of Soldiers Effects, in which Pte Ashton has two entries (above) shows that his mother, Ellen, was next of kin





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