Ellis Wordsworth ASHTON


ASHTON, Ellis Wordsworth

Service Number: 3255
Enlisted: 8 September 1915, Claremont, Tasmania
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: North Motton, Tas., 11 January 1898
Home Town: Ulverstone, Tasmania
Schooling: State School, Ulverstone, Tasmania
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in action, France, 23 July 1916, aged 18 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Leven Pictorial Honour Roll, Ulverstone Shrine of Remembrance, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

8 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3255, 26th Infantry Battalion, Claremont, Tasmania
13 Dec 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3255, 26th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
13 Dec 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3255, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ajana, Hobart
23 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3255, 12th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Ellis Wordsworth ASHTON was born on 11th January, 1898 in North Motton, Tasmania - his age stated on his enlistment is incorrect

His parents were William Henry ASHTON and Annie Maria BELL

He had previously served in the 91st Infantry Cadets before he enlisted in Claremont, Tasmania on 8th September, 1915 and embarked from Hobart with the 26th Infantry Battalion, 7th Reinforcements on the HMAT Ajana on 13th December, 1915

Ellis was Killed in Action on 23rd July, 1916 at Pozieres, France - no known grave

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial & the Villers Bretonneux Memorial - there is also a commemoration in the Ulverstone General Cemetery in Tasmania where his parents are buried