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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago one soldier of the 1st Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died in Germany as a prisoner of war.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.


6728 Private JOHN ASHTON

John Ashton was born and resided in Blackburn. He had 2 brothers and a sister, James, Charles and Mary.

John Ashton first joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (2nd Battalion) in 1902 when he was 19 years old. He served then for 4 years in the Mediterranean and in Africa, before joining the Reserve in 1906. Seven years later, October 1913 he reengaged with the reserves (3rd Battalion LNL) for another four year engagement.

When war broke out he was mobilised and sailed to France to join the 1st Battalion on 3rd September 1914. He had been living at 40, Maria Street, Mill Hill, Blackburn.

Private John Ashton was probably taken prisoner of war on 22nd December 1914 at Givenchy. He was taken to Gustrow POW camp and died in the hut hospital there on 19th January 1915. The cause of death was attributed to diarrhea and vomiting.

Rank: Private
Service No: 6728
Date of Death: 19/01/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.
Cemetery: HAMBURG CEMETERY


Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

cross 511

Regulars
1st Battalion: 448 – Worst day: 22/12/1914 (89)
2nd Battalion: 51 – Worst day: 04/11/1914 (49)

Territorials
1/4th Battalion: 3
1/5th Battalion: 3

New Armies
7th Battalion: 1
10th Battalion: 1

Reserves and Home Service
Depot: 2
3rd Battalion: 1
Unknown: 1


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