Samson Arthur ASHLEY

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ASHLEY, Samson Arthur

Service Number: 4241
Enlisted: 2 August 1916, Goulburn, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 29th Infantry Battalion
Born: Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia, 27 September 1893
Home Town: Goulburn, Goulburn Mulwaree, New South Wales
Schooling: King's College, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Storekeeper
Died: Killed in Action, France, 14 May 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Vraucourt Copse Cemetery, Vaulx-Vraucourt
Plot 11, Row B, Grave 4,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

2 Aug 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4241, Goulburn, New South Wales
3 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4241, 29th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
3 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4241, 29th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Sydney
14 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4241, 29th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)

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Biography

Son of Enoch Ashely of Goulbun New South Wales, later of Toronto, Canada

"Goulburn and the War. DEATH OF PTE. S. A. ASHLEY.

The. Rev. J. W. Leadley has received an official notification that Pte. S. A. Ashley, only son of Mr. E. Ashley, formerly of Goulburn, died of wounds in France on 14th May. Pte. Ashley held the rank of Lieutenant in the local military forces, and was for a time an officer in the Goulburn camp. He resigned his commission and enlisted with the Light Horse, for the front when he left Australia holding the rank of sergeant. He went into camp at Menangle, and sailed towards the close of last year. Pte. Ashley was about 23 years of age, and was well known in Goulburn. He took a prominent part in hockey, cricket, and other sports, and his pleasant, sunny manner made him many friends. He was a fine manly young fellow. His father, mother, and sisters are now in Canada, and the deepest sympathy will be felt for them in their bereavement. Pte. Ashley was an old King's College boy. Mr. W. Ashley, of George-street, Goulburn, is an uncle of Pte. Ashley." - Goulburn Evening Penny Post 16 Jun 1917 (nla.gov.au)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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