ASHMAN, George

No.11181, Lance Corporal, George ASHMAN
Aged 22

7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Wednesday, 27th March 1918

George Ashman was born in 1896 in Wickhambrook, (Risbridge Q4-1895 4A:705), the son of George and Mary Ann ASHMAN (née WATSON or GOODCHILD).
His mother died in 1898.

1901 census...Aged 5, he was at Genesis Green, Wickhambrook with his widower father George ASHMAN [49] farm labourer, and sisters Alice [16] and Beatrice [14]. All were born in Wickhambrook

His father married Dullingham born Sarah JACOB in 1903 (Risbridge Q4-1903 4A:1555)

1911 census...Aged 15, a farm labourer, he was at Back Street, Ousden with his father and step mother Sarah [50] and half brother Ernest JACOB [14] domestic servant, born Waterbeach

By the time of his pension card, his father was at Glebe Farm, Ousden.

He enlisted in Bury St. Edmunds.
3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital and the 2/1st Northumbrian Casualty Clearing Station were in Doullens. At the time the 7th Sussex were in the Authuille - Aveluy Wood area, struggling to hold back the German advance. Without his Army records we cannot say exactly where or even when George was wounded. The battalion suffered heavy casualties on 26th March at Aveluy. The German Spring Offensive (the Kaiserschlacht) had started on 21st March and the Germans threw over 50 divisions against the British 3rd and 5th Armies less than 20 divisions, and very quickly advanced about 40 miles.

photo: Rodney Gibson

photo:Rodney Gibson

George Ashman is buried in Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.1, grave 5:E:40

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