Samuel ASHTON
Rank: Corporal
Number: 13378
Unit: 2nd Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 8 May 1915
Age: 32
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

Samuel was born in Ashton under Lyne. Around September 1902, he married Florence Annie and, over the coming years, they had two children. After Samuel’s death, Florence married a Mr Jackson and, after the war, was living at 16 Lucas Street in the Brinksway area of Stockport. It’s thought this is probably the home she shared with Samuel.

He enlisted at Stockport soon after war was declared, leaving his job as a grinder at No.1 Ring Spinning Mill in the town. He will have joined the 2nd Battalion when it returned from India in late December 1914. On 8 May, Samuel was killed in action at the Battle of Frezenberg. Afterwards he was posted as missing. Some considerable time later, two of his mates, who had been taken prisoner, were able to report that he had been killed.

   
           
   
     
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