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Saxilby Lincolnshire
Ashton was born Ashton Tipping Fields in 1895 in Saxilby , Lincolnshire and was the son of John and Lucy Phillis Tipping nee Fields . His father John was born in 1856 in Nottinghamshire and his mother was born in 1870 in Somercotes, Derbyshire. We find the family on the 1901 census living at 1 Eyre Yard, Eyre Street, Nottingham and they are shown as John Tipping 45 years a labourer who is living with his wife Lucy31 yrs a lace clipper , and their 3 children John Tipping 10 yrs , Ashton Tipping 7 years and Ellen Tipping 12 years. By the 1911 census his father appears to have died as we find Lucy Phillis Fields , 43 years , head of the family and a widow living at 7 Pine Street, Ilkeston Road, Nottingham, she is living with her son Ashton Fields 16 yrs of age , a glazer in the cycle trade working in cycle factory, also at the address is a boarder Dan Stapp 42 yrs. In this census she states she has had 8 children , however she states that 5 of them have died in infancy. Later in 1911 Lucy marries her lodger Dan Stapp and becomes Lucy Stapp and they go onto to live at of 15 Tuns Yard Radford Nottingham.
13 Sep 1915
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Radford Nottingham
10th Bn The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)
Ashton Fields enlisted at Nottingham on 8th September 1914, he gave his birth place as Saxilby, Lincolnshire, he gave his age as 19 yrs and 276 days , he stated he was a cycle polisher. He stated his father was deceased . He was posted to the Rifle Brigade at Winchester on 9th September 1914. He served on the home front until 21st July 1915 when he embarked from Folkstone to join the British Expeditionary Force in France, he served with 10th Battalion Rifle Brigade, and was killed in action on 13th September 1915. He is buried in Rue-du-Bacquerot (13th London) Graveyard, Laventie
Extract from 'Nottingham Evening Post', dated 13th September 1916.. “FIELDS. – In loving memory of Rifleman Ashton Fields, Rifle Brigade, killed September 13th, 1915, aged 21. He left his country quite prepared, his fair young life to give; he bravely answered duty's call, his life he gave for one and all. Sleep on dear son in a hero's grave, a grave we may never see, but as long as life and memory last, we will always remember thee. – Loving mother, dad, sister, and brothers Jack and Arthur. “FIELDS. – Killed in action, September 13th, 1915, Rifleman A. Fields. Ever in our thoughts. – His friends Will (in France), Elsie, Mrs. Lyon and family.” An extract from his army service record, After his personal effects were returned to his mother, she wrote to the War Office to acknowledge their receipt. “Sir, I have received the effects of my son, Private Ashton Fields, 10th Rifle Brigade. Thanking you for the great trouble I have been to you. I am so sorry for the big loss [as] he was such a good son to me and the stay of my home. I do not know what I shall do without him as he used to bring nearly all his money home to me. I am yours obediently. Thanking you greatly for your kindness to me. L. P. Stapp.” Above extracts courtesy of Jim Grundy and the pages of face book Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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