Henry Ashman was the son of Mr J. and Mrs C. Ashman of 237 Market Place, Dudley. He volunteered for the Worcester Territorials and joined the 1/7th Battalion. They went to the Western Front in April 1915 and saw much action in the next two years in Artois and on the Somme, where they fought tenaciously at Ovillers and the Leipzig salient. In the Spring of 1917 they followed up the German retreat to the Hundenburg Line and came back into the front line for the October battles of Third Ypres. At great cost the German troops had been pushed back some way towards Passchendaele and on the 9th October began the Battle of Poelcappelle. A mile to the south of the village and in pouring rain and deep mud the Worcesters attacked at dawn. They made initial progress but the conditions prevented mobility and many died under fire. Among those killed in action was Lance Corporal Howard Ashman. He was 25 years of age and is buried in Dochy Farm New Cemetery (V E 17) and commemorated on the Dudley Memorial.
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