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Royal Field Artillery, "B" Battery, 119th Brigade
Service No: 93209

John Ashwood grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of the late Joseph and Agnes Wright Ashwood of 154d Whifflet St, Coatbridge. Younger brother of Private William Ashwood 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. John's Pension was awarded to his father (listed as Samuel) of 118 Whifflet St, Coatbridge.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 154d Whifflet St, Coatbridge.


Died of Gas Poisoning on the 21/05/1918


Kirkcaldy Town Hall 1915


Miner in Rosehall Colliery.



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. 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. See photos for John's Medal Index Card, Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report, the Royal Field Artillery Cap Badge and John's Pension Records x 2.

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