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Harry Ashley, Age 27

Private, 23852, 1st Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry.

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Harry is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres; Panel reference 47-49 K.S.L.I Regiment Cap Badge.

Harry had been born in Wrockwardine Wood but his mother Susannah had remarried and with her new husband Alfred Reece, was living at 18 Church Road, Malinslee, when Harry enlisted.

During the month of July 1916 Harry's battalion had relieved the 7th Battalion KOYLI of the 61st Brigade, 20th Division on the night of the 17th/18th July in trenches about 1500 yards due east of Potijze in the Ypres Salient. During their spell in the trenches they came under German bombardment on both the 23rd and 25th before being relieved by the 8th Battalion Bedfordshire regiment on the night of the 25th/26th July. It must have been during one of these bombardments that Harry received the wounds of which he died from on the 26th July.

His body was never found which is unusual for a soldier who died from wounds and he is now remembered along with another 55,000 men on the Menin Gate at Ypres; Panel reference 47-49

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Victory Medal British War Medal