WILLIAM THOMAS ASHLEY 

Rank: Lance Corporal
Service Number: 27370.
Regiment: 16th (Service) Bn. Manchester Regiment Killed In Action Sunday 30th July 1916 Age 24County Memorial Crewe
Commemorated\Buried THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Grave\Panel Ref: Pier and Face 13A and 14C
France

Born Kinsey Heath, Audlem, enlisted Manchester. Son of William Thomas and Sarah Emmie Ashley of 128, Flag Lane, Crewe. A former pupil at Mill Street School. Previously served an apprenticeship with Mr C. W. Heath of Edleston Road, Crewe and moved on to work for the Crewe Co-op (boot repairer by trade). Enlisted on February 14, 1916 (now residing in West Didsbury). Embarked from Folkestone for France on the SS Arundel on June 17, 1916. On the day of his death, his battalion were held up by uncut wire south of Guillemont Station and sustained heavy casualties from enfilade machine gun-fire.

Service record available.

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