Category: Military
Rank: Private
Regiment or Ship: 5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
Service Number(s): G/1392
Occupation: Horse Driver for Coal Merchant
Date of Birth: 1879
Place of Birth: Mayfield, Sussex
Date of Death: 26.05.1915
Place of Death: France Place of Burial / Memorials:

Le Touret Memorial, Panel 20 and 21.

Address: 88 Windsor Road, Bexhill on Sea

Photos and newspaper articles

Family Information

Spouse:          William married Louie (maiden name unknown) sometime in 1910.

William and Louie lived at 1 Leopold Flats, Windsor Road, Bexhill in 1911 when William was working for a coal merchant as a horse driver.

First World War Experience

William enlisted on 4th January 1915 and his Theatre of War was 1 – France. A photograph of him appeared in the Bexhill Observer on 3rd April 1915, under the heading “Bexhill’s Roll of Honour” with the legend: “Private William Ashdown of 88 Windsor-road is groom to Major Ashby, of the 5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment (T).”

He was killed on 26th May 1915 in France and his details are on the Panel 20 and 21 of the Le Touret Memorial.

William was awarded the Victory Medal, the British War Medal, and the 15 Star.

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