ASHCROFT James William
Regiment : C Battery 311th Brigade Royal Field Artillery
Service number : 830454
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Died of wounds aged 20 on 2nd May 1917
Buried : Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France, Grave II. J. 85.
Relatives : Son of Alfred Ashcroft, 79 Offmore Rd., Kidderminster
Memorial : Stourbridge Old Swinford Hospital School
Also appears on : Kidderminster War Memorial. Kidderminster St John the Baptist Church. Kidderminster Baxter United Reformed Church.
Additional information on the memorial: Royal Field Artillery. Died of Wounds 2 May 1917. Age 20.
James Ashcroft was born on 13th November 1896, the son of Alfred and Amy Constance Ashcroft. He entered Old Swinford Hospital in December 1905. On 4th October 1911 he was apprenticed to J.W. Adams, shoemaker of Kidderminster.
Kidderminster Times, 26th May 1917:
Driver J.W. Ashcroft, Royal Field Artillery who lived in Mill Street, Kidderminster but whose parents now reside at 79 Offmore Road, is reported from France to have been killed in action. He was 20 years of age and prior to joining up worked for Mr John Adams of George Street.
A further report in the Kidderminster Times of 2nd June 1917 gives the information that James Ashcroft died at a casualty clearing station in France from wounds received in action on 2nd May.
Source for additional information: Old Foleyans Remembered Casualties of WW1 published by the Old Foleyans Association, October 1998.