Rfn. Ashby Alfred Samuel

  • Date of birth: 07/11/1890
  • Place of birth: Bethnal Green, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
  • Date of death: 11/08/1917
  • Place of death: Casualty Clearing Stations, Brandhoek, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Died of wounds (D.O.W.)
  • Age: 26
  • Profession: Farrier
  • Country: England, United Kingdom
  • Rank: Rifleman
  • Service number: 42776
  • Enlistment date: Unknown
  • Enlistment place: Bethnal Green, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
  • Last known unit: Royal Irish Rifles, 12th Bn. (Central Antrim)
  • Force: British Expeditionary Force

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Alfred was born in Bethnal Green, Middlesex on 7 November 1890. He was baptised in St Leonard’s, the Shoreditch parish church, where he married Ann Louisa Cook in 1911. They had three children together. At the time of his wedding he was employed as a farrier. Alfred enlisted somewhere in 1916 and by the time of the Battle of Passchendaele he served as a Rifleman with the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (Central Antrim), part of the 108th Brigade, of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

On 7 August 1917 the 12th Royal Irish Rifles marched into the support trenches east of the hamlet of Wieltje, where the relieved the 10th Royal Irish Rifles. Throughout the following days the German artillery regularly shelled the Battalion’s positions.

On 9 August the 12th Royal Irish Rifles relieved the 11th Battalion in the frontline. They took up positions in the remnants of Captain Trench and possibly in a part of Capricorn Trench, roughly between Pommern Castle and Spree Farm in the Bank Farm area. The Germans heavily shelled the frontline throughout the 10th of August, causing a number of casualties. On the following day an S.O.S. signal was put up by the Battalions on the flanks of 12th Royal Irish Rifles. No German attack developed, but the German artillery continued to shell the Battalion during the day.

Twenty-six-year-old Alfred Samuel Ashby was mortally wounded, while his Battalion held the frontline between Spree Farm and Pommern Castle. Alfred was evacuated to a Casualty Clearing Station near the hamlet of Brandhoek, where he succumbed to his wounds on the 11th of August 1917. He was buried in the nearby Brandhoek New Military Cemetery. Alfred left behind a young wife and three young children.