William Henry (Willie or Billy) ASHCROFT

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ASHCROFT, William Henry

Service Numbers: 1488, 5648, 2264
Enlisted: 31 October 1914
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion
Born: Blackpool, England, United Kingdom, 1896
Home Town: Ouyen, Mildura Shire, Victoria
Schooling: RC School Blackpool
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Killed in action, France, 27 April 1917
Cemetery: Morchies Australian Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

31 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1488, 13th Infantry Battalion
4 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5648, 5th Infantry Battalion
4 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5648, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
27 Apr 1917: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 2264, 5th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Peter Rankin

He served under the alias of William Ashworth

Biography contributed by Neville Randall

William Henry Ashcroft worked for the Argentine Meat Co. as a butcher as a young lad and on 29 July 1913, he left for a new life in Australia aboard the Port Lincoln for destined for Melbourne. He was working as a farmhand for Charles L King at Ouyen when war broke out.