Rank:


Private

Service No(s):


1538

Regiment:


London Regiment

Unit:

19th (County of London) Battalion (St. Pancras)

Returned:

No

Place of birth:

Canterbury

Occupation:

Motor trimmer

Date of death:

25/09/1915  War records state 'death presumed'

Cause of death:

Killed in action

Grave or panel reference:

Panel 130 to 135

Name of father:

William Ashcroft

Name of siblings:

Name(s) of children:

Died:

Yes

Date of birth:

Place of enlistment:

Camden Town

Event:

Western European Theatre

Age at death:

20

Cemetery or memorial:

Loos Memorial, France

Other memorial:

1/19th (County of London) Battalion (St Pancras), St Pancras New Church

Name of mother:

Annie Ashcroft

Name of spouse:

Address:

At the time of enlistment Cecil was living in Holloway.

Biography:

Private Cecil Ivors Ashcroft was born between October and December 1894 in the village of Blean, north of Canterbury in Kent. He was the only child of William and Annie Ashcroft (née Edmunds), who came from Worcestershire and Monmouthshire respectively.

The Ashcroft family are listed in the 1901 Census as living in Brixton, and in the 1911 Census as resident in Southend-on-Sea, but when Cecil enlisted with the 1/19th (County of London) Battalion (St Pancras) of the London Regiment, his home was in Holloway and he signed up in Camden.

The 19th Londons fought at the Battle of Loos in France in 1915 and Cecil’s war record says he was ‘killed in action’ on 25 September, the first day of the battle. He later appears in two War Office casualty lists issued: one dated 17 October 1915 lists him as ‘wounded’; a second on 14 November that year updates this to ‘previously reported wounded, now reported wounded and missing’. The UK Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects repeats the September date, adding ‘on or such, death presumed’.

His burial place is given as Dud Corner, part of the Loos Memorial that commemorates more than 20,000 soldiers who have no known grave. The cemetery’s evocative name comes from the quantity of unexploded shells found there after the Armistice.

Cecil was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. He is remembered at St Mellitus, and is one of 1,069 soldiers of the 19th Londons whose names are on a First World War memorial in St Pancras New Church, Euston, that was originally in the regiment’s drill hall in Camden High Street.

Also see James George Ashman.