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  • Nottingham Evening Post 23 July 1917
Person Details
Albert was the son of James Ash and Clara Ash (née Turton. Both his parents were born in Nottingham. In 1881 his mother Clara (17) was living at 74 Raleigh Street, with her widowed mother, Frances E Turton (52), a grocer. Clara married James Ash in 1884 (reg. Nottm) and they had five children; Mabel F, Ethel ME, Gwendoline A, James E and Albert Percy birth registered 1897 (J/F/M). All the children were born in Nottingham apart from Gwendoline who was born in London. In 1891 James (29) and Clara (26) were living on Great Titchfield Street in the civil parish of Marylebone, London. James was a machine mechanic. They had two children Mabel V (4) and Ethel M (3). By 1901 the family was back in Nottingham living at 27 Russell Street. James and Clara now had five children; Mabel (14) a cigar maker, Ethel (13) a confectioner's assistant, Gwendoline (9), James (6) and Albert (4). Also in the household were James' nephew and niece, John C Ash (17) an iron turner, and Annie M. (15) who worked in the lace industry. Clara Ash died in 1907 (reg. J/F/M) and by 1911 James (49) was living at 3 Gamble Street, Nottingham. He had a housekeeper, Gertrude Skinner (29), who worked in the hosiery trade. In 1911 all James' children were living at 42 Raleigh Street, Nottingham, with Mabel (24), the eldest child, head of household. Mabel worked as a dressmaker and Ethel (23) worked in the lace industry as did her younger sister, Gwendoline (19). James (16) was a grocer's assistant, and Albert (14) was a messenger boy. According to a notice of Albert's death in the All Saints parish magazine, the family no longer lived in the parish by the time of Albert's death. A newspaper report of his death gave his address as 36 George Street, West Bridgford.
Attended All Saints schools. In 1911 he was a messenger boy and may already have been working for the Post Office.
24 Apr 1917
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He was living in West Bridgford when he enlisted in Nottingham.
2/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Sergeant Albert Percival Ash served with the 2/7th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment (Robin Hood Rifles). He was wounded and taken prisoner following the attack at Le Verguier on 2nd April 1917. He succumbed to his head wound while in German hands on 24th April 1917 and is buried Le Cateau Military Cemetery (grave ref V.G.20). He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Evening Post, Roll of Honour (Killed), 23 July 1917: photographs including 'Sgt AP Ash (SF), 36 George-st, West Bridgford, died of wounds as prisoner in Germany, age 24.' (britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) War obituary, All Saints Church News, August 1917: 'Albert Percival Ash, Sergeant Sherwood Foresters, aged 20, died of wounds in Germany, April 24th 1917. He joined the army at the beginning of the war but had not been long in France. Lived at Raleigh Street and Russell Street and attended All Saints Schools. His relatives have now removed from the Parish.' Register of Soldiers' Effects: first names Percival Albert. His three sisters, Mabel, Ethel (Burrows) and Gwendoline were his legatees.
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  • Nottingham Evening Post 23 July 1917
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