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ASHCROFT, L E - Lieutenant

Lieutenant
LANCELOT EDGAR (L E) ASHCROFT

  • Canadian Fallen Soldier - Lieutenant LANCELOT EDGAR ASHCROFT
  • Lieutenant
    LANCELOT EDGAR (L E) ASHCROFT

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    LANCELOT EDGAR (L E) ASHCROFT
    17 January 1897
    New Pleymouth, , New Zealand
    6 December 1915 in Victoria, British Columbia, CA
    Bank Clerk
    Lieutenant
    Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
    103rd Battalion, CEF
    9 April 1917
    Killed in action
    20 years
    VILLERS STATION CEMETERY
    VIII. A. 10.
    World War I

    Vimy Ridge
  • Lieutenant LANCELOT EDGAR ASHCROFT's Story

  • Born
    17 January 1897 in New Pleymouth, , New Zealand
    Occupation
    Worked as a Bank Clerk prior to enlisting.
    Enlisted
    6 December 1915 in Victoria, British Columbia | Age: 18 years
    Buried
    9 April 1917 - VILLERS STATION CEMETERY | Age: 20 years
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Interesting Facts

  • Born in New Pleymouth, New Zealand in 1897 to Albert and Emmeline Ashcroft. Both Lance and his brother were killed in WW1, the second by drowning en-route to Palestine. Lance and his brothers are both remembered both on the churches memorial alter and in a stained glass window in the 1916 memorial chapel. When he died just three days after his twentieth birthday, Lance had just returned to the front lines after a months-long bout of the measles. He was killed by a sniper during the earliest moments of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, after successfully leading his platoon to their objective. They were sent out as an advance party to destroy some machine gun emplacements before the main advance could take place.

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Fallen Soldiers from New Pleymouth , New Zealand

Fallen Comrades of the Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)


Fallen Soldiers buried in VILLERS STATION CEMETERY