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Royal Field Artillery 119th Brigade
Service No: 93209

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of the late Joseph Ashwood (12/09/1865 - 22/12/1912) and Agnes Wright Ashwood (27/08/1867 - 27/08/1919) of 154d Whifflet St, Coatbridge. Younger brother of Private William Ashwood (17533) of the 2nd Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers who was Killed in Action on the 25/09/1916. From the 1901 Census - Address - 10 Hospital St, Coatbridge - Joseph Ashwood 35, Agnes Ashwood 33, Lizzie Ashwood 8, William Ashwood 6, Joseph Ashwood 6, John Ashwood 5. Another sister Mary (1903 - 20/12/1967). She married Thomas Michael Cunneen in Manhattan, New York, USA. John's Pension was awarded to his father Samuel of 118 Whifflet St, Coatbridge (to be checked).

Born / Resided

Airdrie / 154d Whifflet St, Coatbridge.

Died

Died on the 21/05/1918 of Gas Poisoning

Enlisted

Kirkcaldy Town Hall 1915

Employed

Miner in Rosehall Colliery.

Age

22 / DOB - 07/02/1896

Buried / Remembered

Boulogne Eastern Cemetery (IX. A. 7), Pas de Calais, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Boulogne, was one of the three base ports most extensively used by the Commonwealth armies on the Western Front throughout the First World War. It was closed and cleared on the 27 August 1914 when the Allies were forced to fall back ahead of the German advance, but was opened again in October and from that month to the end of the war, Boulogne and Wimereux formed one of the chief hospital areas. Until June 1918, the dead from the hospitals at Boulogne itself were buried in the Cimetiere de L'Est, one of the town cemeteries, the Commonwealth graves forming a long, narrow strip along the right hand edge of the cemetery. In the spring of 1918, it was found that space was running short in the Eastern Cemetery in spite of repeated extensions to the south, and the site of the new cemetery at Terlincthun was chosen. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery contains 5,577 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 224 from the Second World War.

Additional Information

John arrived in France on the 22/11/1915. The 119th Brigade were part of the 38th (Welsh) Division until the 21/05/1917. From then on they were the 119th Army Brigade and were attached to many Divisions (see photos x 2). The 119th were attached to the 29th Division from the the 15/05/1918. The Brigade were near Hazebrouck for the month of May 1918. SEE PHOTOS x 11 FOR THE 119th BRIGADE WAR DIARY FROM MARCH - MAY 1918. John's fathers name is listed as Samuel on his Army Register of Soldiers Effects and on his Pension Records. See Directory for John's brother William's page. John is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. Unusually the headstones are laid flat in this Cemetery. This is due to the sandy soil. 5,577 WW1 men are buried here. John's main grave photo kindly donated by my friends Jimmy Lang and Dennis Beck who visited many Cemeteries in France and Belgium in April 2024. See photos for John's Medal Index Card, Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, his CWGC Grave Registration, his Headstone Report x 2, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, John's Pension Records x 2, the Royal Field Artillery Cap Badge, another photo of John's grave, John's parents and sisters Memorial Stone in Old Monkland Cemetery and the 29th Division Order of Battle x 13 (the Division he was with when he died).

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War Diaries

The battalion War Diary is available on the National Archives website.

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