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  cap badgePrivate William Ashwood

2nd Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers
Service No: 17533

William Ashwood grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of the late Joseph and Agnes Wright Ashwood of 154d Whifflet St, Coatbridge. Older brother of Driver John Ashwood of the Royal Field Artillery who Died of Wounds on the 21/05/1918. 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. William's Pension was awarded to his mother Agnes on the 07/08/1917.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 154d Whifflet St, Coatbridge.


Killed in Action on the 25/09/1916 at the Battle of Morval, Somme


Coatbridge Barracks 1912


Miner in Rosehall Colliery.



Buried / Remembered

Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 4 A and 4 D), Somme, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave, the majority of whom died during the Somme offensive of 1916. On the high ground overlooking the Somme River in France, where some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place, stands the Thiepval Memorial. Towering over 45 metres in height, it dominates the landscape for miles around. It is the largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world. On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, 13 divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Le Havre on the 15/08/1914 and were part of the 13th Brigade, 5th Division. William arrived in France on the 07/06/1915. William was originally posted as missing before confirmation of his death in June 1917. See Directory for William's brother John's page. William is also remembered on the Whifflet United Free Church Roll of Honour (see photos). See photos for William's Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Thiepval Memorial Panel List, his name on the Thiepval Memorial, the King's Own Scottish Borderers Cap Badge and William's Pension Records x 2.

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