Frederick Victor Asher

Date of birth: 1887
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: L / 9826
Rank: Private
Regiment: Middlesex
Battalion: 4th
Died: 23rd August 1914 aged 28 years
Death location: Battle of Mons

 

Life before the War
Frederick was the fifth of 14 siblings born to Arthur and Charlotte, nee Wright.  Both Arthur and Charlotte were born in Southampton, Arthur in 1858 and Charlotte in 1862.  They married in 1878 and lived at 21 New Road, Six Dials.  Charlotte died in the city in 1925 with Arthur passing away 10 years later.

All the children were born in Southampton.  Frederick’s siblings – 4 sisters and 9 brothers – were:

Lilian Maud   b.1878 and d.1960 Stockport.
Married Alfred Charles Lomas in Southamptom in 1907.

Arthur Hedley   b.1881 and d.1968 Southampton.
Married Mabel Doris Barron in Portsmouth in 1906.

Bertie Basil   b.1883 and d.1967 Southampton.
Married Lily Foot in Southampton in 1910.
Married Winifred A Baker in Southampton in 1938.

Daisy Evaline   b.1885 and d.1960 Southampton. 

Frank Howard   b.1890 and d.1956 Southampton.

Violet Vera   b.1891 and d.1988 Southampton.
Married Ernest A Still in Southampton in 1912.

Cecil Christmas   b.1894 and d.1937 Winchester.

Leslie Hubert   b.1895 and d.1972 Winchester.
Married Rosina C Dorling in Southampton in 1933.

Stanley Norman   b.1897 and d.1973 Southampton.

Gordon Alan  b.1898 and d.1973 Southampton.
Married Amy J Garnett in Southampton in 1919.

Carl Clarence   b.1900 and d.1960 Salisbury.
Married Lucy H Heginbotham in Southampton in 1921.

Elsie Iris   b.1904 and d.1978 Southampton.
Married Sidney A Mayo in Southampton in 1931.

Wilfred Joseph   b.1907 and  d.1997 Salisbury.
Married Ethel M Burt in Southampton in 1930.

Frederick married Emily Mary Moody in Southampton in 1908 and they began married life living with 12 others in the 6-room Moody household at 35 Somerset Road, Portswood.

Frederick and Emily had 3 children who were all born and died in Southampton:

Elsie Gwendoline  b.1909 and d.1992 Southampton.
Married Leslie C Knight in Southampton in 1932.

Frederick Victor C W   b.1911 and d.1998.
Married Gladys M Chambers in Southampton on 1935.

Leonard James   b.1913 and d.1990.
Married Lily M Hatcher in Southampton in 1938.

By the time Frederick went off to war the family were living at 129 Radcliffe Road, Northam.

 

War Service
Frederick died on the only day of the Battle of Mons.  At dawn on 23 August 1914, the 4th Middlesex repulsed the German cavalry who were trying to cross the Mons-Conde Canal over a bridge at Obourg.  By 10.30am the sheer weight of German numbers forced the British defenders back and, by nightfall, the Battle of Mons was over.

Frederick is interred at the St. Symphoren Cemetery, Mons, Belgium (Plot IV, Row C, Grave 5).  This cemetery was established by the Germans as a final resting place for the dead of both armies from the battle.  It was in German hands throughout the war and also contains the graves of soldiers who died in the final days of the war.  There are 229 Commonwealth and 284 German graves in the cemetery.

Frederick’s headstone reads:  “Their glory shall not be blotted out”

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 5th June 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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