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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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1883 - 1918
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Cpl 15874 William Henry Charles Askew

  • Age: 24
  • From: Rugby, Staffs
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
  • K.I.A Wednesday 12th July 1916
  • Commemorated at: Peronne Rd Cem Maricourt
    Panel Ref: I.G.16
William Henry Charles (Willie) was born in the September quarter of 1892 in Rugby to William Frederick Askew a Newport Pagnell born Shipping Freight Clerk and  his Huntingdonshire born wife Charlotte. (nee Foster). They married in St Neots Huntingdon in the September quarter of 1884. They had 9 children Wiliam was their 2nd son, sadly 3 died pre 1911. William was baptized 9 months later at St Matthias Church, Stoke Newington on 11 June 1893 when  his father is shown as a clerk was living at 85 Spenser Rd, Stoke Newington. 
On the 1901 Census the family have moved the Wirral and are living at 86 Greendale Road Lower Bebbington, 8 year old scholar Willie as he was known in the family is living with his parents and siblings.
Between 1907 and 1911 Willie serves in the 4th Cheshire Territorials 
The 1911 Census finds the family living at 13 Eldon Rd, Rock Ferry and shows 18 year old Willie with his parents and 4 siblings. His occupation was shown as an Insurance Clerk, this was with the Marine Insurance Company, Broderick, Leitch & Kendal.
On 31 August 1914 he enlists at St George's Hall in Liverpool into the 17th Battalion (Pals) of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 15874. He is described as being 5 foot 9 inches in height,weighing 118 lbs with a 34 inch chest, is of sallow complexion with grey eyes ans fair hair. His religion is Church of England.He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 23 November 1914 and subsequently to Corporal on 3 April 1915. He was training at Prescot and Knowsley before further training at Belton Park, Grantham and at Lark Hill Camp, Salisbury Plain for 1 year 68 days to 6 November 1915. Then on 07th November 1915 he reached France for the remaining 248 days of his life. On 19/01/1916 he was reprimanded in the field. Then 7/06/1916 he had leave until 16/06/1916 it is not known whether he was able to return home during these dates.
Willie was killed in action as a result of shellfire on the 12th July1916 aged 24.
He now rests at Peronne Rd Cemetery Maricourt I.G. 16 where his headstone bears the epitaph:


The Birkenhead News covered the death of Willie Askew in its edition of 29th July 1916 and contained information about how he was killed under the header:

"Not Afraid to Die"

Corporal Askew, Rock Ferry, Killed.
Mr and Mrs Askew of 13 Eldon Road, Rock Ferry have received news of the death in action of their second son, Corporal William Askew, who was killed on July 12th whilst serving with the 17th Service Battalion ("Pals") K.L.R. This young soldier - he was 24 years of age - was home only last June looking fit and well.

From his Captain, Mr and Mrs Askew have recieved the following sympathetic letter:

"I am writing to say how deeply I sympathise with you on the death of your son, Corporal Askew. He has been in this company from the start and the men from his platoon were very fond of him indeed, and would follow him anywhere. He was a very fine man and one whom we all liked and shall miss very much. I have lost, by the death of your son and others of this Company, some friends whom I shall always remember for their fine bearing and behaviour during great hardships".

His friend Lance Corporal John A Hailing writes:

"When our Company went into action last, Willie did not go with us as he had been put in charge of a carrying party in the village behind the lines. I might just mention that we suffered rather heavily in the attack and I thought that Willie would be quite all right behind the lines. Unfortunately, on the 12th inst.. the night we were relieved, the Germans bombarded the village where he was and Willie and another pal of mine were both killed by the bursting of a shell. Next day when I heard the sad news I immediatley went and saw those who were with him during his last moments and they all assured me that he suffered no pain, his last words being that he was not afraid to die. He died like a true brave soldier. We have had a number of losses in our platoon but I can honestly say that none have been more missed than Willie. He was always cheerful and happy even under the most adverse circumstances and I have been asked by all of his comrades in the platoon to tender your their deepest sympathy".

The late Corporal had been employed by the Marine Insurance Co. Liverpool for ten years and had gained the affection and respect of his business friends. He was a very keen golfer and often played on the Prenton golf links. He belonged to the Richmond A.F.C. Two other sons are serving.            
Further newspaper articles concerning William were placed in the Liverpool Echo in August 1916 by his family and also by his employer at the Marine Insurance Company.
His Mother Charlotte Askew of 13 Eldon Rd Rock Ferry received his pay of £14 : 0s : 11d on 9 Jan 1917
A War Gratuity of £9:10s was also sent to her on 17 September 1919.

His two brothers also served and survived the war

Percy Frederick Askew 130481 Royal Engineers  

Arthur Cecil Askew 128019 Royal Army Service Corps 

Killed On This Day.

(102 Years this day)
Saturday 10th August 1918.
Lance Corporal 30546 Charles Harold Fairclough
33 years old