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William Henry ASHCROFT

Regimental number5648
Place of birthLiverpool, England
SchoolHawthorn Rd School, Liverpool, England
Age on arrival in Australia20
ReligionChurch of England
Address17 Nelson Street, Windsor, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Ashcroft, 17 Nelson Street Windsor, Victoria
Enlistment date21 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 December 1916
Place of death or woundingFlers, France
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialBernafray Wood British Cemetery (Row J, Grave 61), Montauban, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Emma Marion ASHCROFT, 33 Sheffield Street, Coburg, Victoria, and the late W.W.B. ASHCROFT
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 5649 Pte Edward Becken ASHCROFT, 2nd Pioneer Bn, died of wounds, 8 May 1917; 3451 Pte Walter Benjamin ASHCROFT, 2nd Pioneer Bn, returned to Australia, 16 March 1918 (double amputee).
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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