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Ashton Cobham was born in Mawdsley in Lancashire on 16 November 1894. His father Richard was a basket weaver and his mother was named Elizabeth. Ashton had three brothers (two older, one younger) and two sisters (one older, one younger). In 1911 Ashton was working as a cotton packer in a weaving mill.

On 12 December 1915 Ashton enlisted as a Private in the Army Reserve, the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, B Company, 4/5th (Territorial) Battalion.  He was given the service number 7845 (later 243297). Upon enlistment Ashton was aged 21 yrs 1 mth, he was single and living at his parents address, Brook Cottage, New Street, Mawdesley.

Ashton was called up for service on 02 February 1916, although he remained in the UK for the next 12 months. The Battalion moved on to Aldershot in the July and then Blackdown in October. Ashton landed with the Battalion in France on 13 February 1917.

In November 1917 he was promoted to Lance Corporal, then in July 1918 to Corporal.

In March 1919, Ashton was still in France, he was granted 14 days leave to the UK.

On 06 June 1919 Ashton was posted into the 1/5th Battalion, he was working with NO. 13 PRISONER OF WAR COMPANY.

In August he was granted another 14 days leave to the UK, he then returned to France.

Ashton was demobilized on 11 October 1919 and transfered to Class Z reserve. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

In the third quarter of 1922 Ashton married Mary Alice Ellison in Chorley.

Ashton died on 26 August 1950. At the time he had been living at 227, The Green, Eccleston, Lancashire. He left £337 to his widow, Mary Alice Cobham.

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