Other names: Robert
Locations in this story: Sturminster Newton, DorsetFrance & FlandersNorfolk Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, FranceElliston, LeicestershireIwerne Minster, DorsetBecourt, Somme, France
Story: Robert Ashby was born in 1879 in Sturminster Newton. He was the son of George Ashby, a groom, and Katherine Ashby. In 1905 he married Mary Jane Smith and they had three children: two boys and a girl. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was working as a coal miner and living at Elliston, Leicestershire. His mother was living in Iwerne Minster. He enlisted as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers (Service No. 102813). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. On 21st December 1915 he died from the effects of gas poisoning at Becourt, Somme, France. He was buried at Norfolk Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt (grave id. I.C.22). He is remembered on the Iwerne Minster War Memorial, Shaftesbury.