1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Pte 11813 George Ashbrook
- Age: 40
- From: Northwich, Cheshire
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
- K.I.A Saturday 23rd June 1917
- Commemorated at: Birr Cross Roads Cem Zillebeke
Panel Ref: II.C.17
He married Ellen Gosling at St Anne's Church in the town on the 23rd October 1898.
(Seems to have been born Ashbrooke, as per civil registration but appears as AShbrook on baptism and military records)
George and Ellen had five children: Edith born 07/10/1901, Gladys born 03/04/1905, Nellie born 10/01/1910, Alfred born 01/05/1911 and Marian born 14/11/1913.
George enlisted at Warrington on 8th September1914 and was posted to the 14th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 11813. He was transferred to the 4th Battalion KLR on 31/03/1915 and sailed to France with the 4th Bn arriving on 01/04/1915.
He returned home on 05/05/1915 remaining there until 06/12/1915. Whilst at home he served with the 3rd Battalion. By the time he sailed to France again he was back in the 4th Bn. He remained in France until 21/07/1916 returning to the UK, he served with the 3rd Bn upon his return home. His return home came just weeks after the untimely death of his wife Ellen who died of TB on 29/04/1916.
George returned to France on 02/01/1917 with the 4th Bn and was transferred on the 5/01/17 to the 19th Bn (Pals) .
He was killed in action on 23/06/1917 aged 40.
The 19th Battalion diary records the details of his loss:
"At night practically all of the Battalion were out on a working party, digging an assembly Trench and suffered casualties 7 other ranks killed, 13 other ranks wounded and 1 other rank missing"
George was one of the 7 other ranks the others being Norman Garside, Andrew Harron, Harold Hart, Harold Mathison, Frederick Owen and Joseph Spencer.
George is buried at Birr Cross Roads Cemetery at Plot II.C.17.
The St Helens Examiner and Runcorn Examiner dated 21st July 1917 reported
Private G. Ashbrook
Private George Ashbrook of the King's (Liverpool) Regiment whose home is at 8 Admiral Street, Howley, was killed in action on the 23rd June. Private Ashbrook was a native of Northwich, but came to Warrington as a as a youth, and worked for Messrs. Dolan Brothers as a bricksetter's labourer. He joined the army shortly after the outbreak of war, and had been wounded twice. His wife died in the early part of this year and he leaves six children, of whom the eldest a boy of 18, already in training for active service.
He left five children who had already suffered the grievous loss of their mother just over a year earlier. Thankfully it appears that an Aunt, Jane Kelly of 8 Admiral Street, Warrington stepped in to care for the children.
Soldiers Effects and Pension to guardian of his children Jane Kelly
Grateful thanks are extended to Bev Ritson for the biographical information.