Ashton Codrington WHITE

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WHITE, Ashton Codrington

Service Number: 2557
Enlisted: 29 July 1915, Blackboy Hill, WA
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion
Born: Perth, Western Australia, 1894
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: East Perth Public School, Western Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Shell wounds to abdomen & gun shot wounds to abdomen & hand, Fleurbaix, France, 7 July 1916
Cemetery: Estaires Communal Cemetery and Extension
Plot II, Row R, Grave 10, Estaires Communal Cemetery and Extension, Estaires, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bruce Rock War Memorial, Mount Lawley - Inglewood War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

29 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2557, 28th Infantry Battalion, Blackboy Hill, WA
2 Nov 1915: Involvement SN 2557, 28th Infantry Battalion
2 Nov 1915: Embarked SN 2557, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Fremantle
3 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 51st Infantry Battalion, From Acting Sergeant to Private
14 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 51st Infantry Battalion
6 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 2557, 51st Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Ashton Codrington WHITE was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1894

His parents were William Thomas WHITE & Mary Annie Edith WESTCOTT

He enlisted in Blackboy Hill, WA on 29th July, 1915 as Acting Sergeant & embarked with the 28th Infantry Battalion, 6th reinforcements from Fremantle, WA on the HMAT Ulysses on 2nd November, 1915

He reverted from Acting Sergeant to Private on transfer to the 51st Infantry Battalion on 3rd March, 1916 and was promoted to Lance Corporal on 14th April, 1916

Ashton died on 6th July, 1918 at Fleurbaix, France after being wounded at the Battle of Fromelles with shell wounds to his abdomen and gun shot wounds to his abdomen & hand - he died at the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station 

He is buried in the Estaires Communal Cemetery Extension, Plot II, Row R, Grave 10 and his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial & a plaque in the WA Botanical Gardens in Western Australia

Inscription on his headstone reads:

"TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WE LOVE IS NOT TO DIE - OUR BELOVED"

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal

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