PARAS Ashdown, George Wilson

John Robertson

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  • SURNAME
Ashdown
  • FORENAME
George Wilson
  • UNIT
11 Bn
  • RANK
Warrant Officer Second Class (CSM)
  • NUMBER
5883315
  • DATE OF DEATH
20th September 1944
  • AGE
30
  • GRAVESITE
Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands 19.C.15
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 14.11.1914 London E
resided London
son of George John and Lily Wilson Ashdown, Chiswick, Middlesex
former Northamptonshire Regiment (joined 1933)
Parachute Regiment 5.6.1943
award M.M. (pre Para ?)
KIA Arnhem
 

DATE OF DEATH:

20-Sep-1944

CITATION:

Military Medal : On May 24 at Maroeil Sgt Ashdown was present with his Company in a wood. Under heavy shell fire when the Company was suffering heavy casualties he continued to control his platoon calmly and assist other platoon commanders. Later, when the Company was withdrawn, he returned to the wood to search for any who may not have received the order to withdraw and for any wounded. At this time the wood was occupied by the enemy. Sgt Ashdown remained in the wood until 11.30 p.m. when he crawled away under the eyes of the enemy and rejoined his unit, which was four miles away, and the position of which he could only guess.

WEB LINKS:

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7356809

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/12526295/george-wilson-ashdown
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