ASHTON, Colin William

Rank: 
Fusilier
Unit/Base: 
'30 Commando Assault Unit'
Police Service: 
Lancashire Constabulary
Regiment/Corps: 
Lancashire Fusiliers
Service: 
Army
Number: 
14241646
Born: 
Monday, February 14, 1916
Birthplace: 
Wigan, Lancashire
Died : 
Tuesday, October 5, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
27
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Fusilier Colin Ashton, 34 Army Troop, died during operations in the Aegean on Leros when his unit was attacked and bombed by enemy aircraft.
Also killed were Captain Belcher Bdr. Bancroft,  and Tpr. McDaid
Colin was a serving Police Officer who had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at 2 Parkfield Avenue, Bootle.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/68.
The 1939 Register covering West Lancashire.
Births registered in Wigan Lancs  Jan, Feb, March 1916, Vol 8C page 173.
Ian Fleming's Commandos: The Story of the Legendary 30 Assault Unit, author Nicholas Rankin.
 
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