Jasper Vivian ASHE


ASHE, Jasper Vivian

Service Numbers: 3469, 3469A
Enlisted: 27 September 1915, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion
Born: Jerilderie, New South Wales, 15 November 1883
Home Town: Kojonup, Kojonup, Western Australia
Schooling: Burnie High School, Tasmania
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Mouquet Farm, France, 3 September 1916, aged 32 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Jingalup War Memorial, Kojonup RSL War Memorial, Muradup War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

27 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
17 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3469, 28th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
17 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3469, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Fremantle
3 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3469A, 51st Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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"Reported Death of Private Ashe

The following is an extract from a letter received by Mrs. Ashe, of Kojonup, pertaining to her son, Jasper, who had been fighting in France, and who was reported missing since September 3rd;

"Dear Mrs. Ashe, I write to you out of a full heart to express to you my sincere sympathy in the loss of your splendid son, Private J. Ashe, of our 51st Battalion, in the great action of September 3rd. At first he was reported missing, but now evidence has come to hand that he was really killed. My heart goes out to you, for I knew him well. He was a fine lad, so earnest and steady. He gave me your address and asked me to write in case anything happened. I have been waiting for something more definite about him than the first report. I feel that it is all well with him. He truly laid down his life for his country and his friends. He was a son to be proud of a good Christian soldier. Yours very truly, D. B. Blackwood, Church of England Chaplain." - from the Katanning Great Southern Herald 23 Dec 1916 (nla.gov.au)