Topic: Frederick Reginald Ashworth

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Frederick Reginald Ashworth (Service no. 26/433) was a First World War soldier with links to Hornby

Frederick Reginald AshworthFrederick Reginald, known as Fred, was the eldest son of John and  Mary Louisa Ashworth, residents of Hornby. His only brother, John Morrison, also enlisted but died at Featherston Camp.

Fred was educated at Hornby School. Fred had worked at the Islington Freezing Works before moving to the North island with his family and found work as a farm labourer at Hunterville. At the time of enlisting he was aged 22 years and 3 months. He was 5 ft. 5 in. tall with a fair complexion, blue grey eyes and light brown hair.

Fred enlisted on 15 October 1915 and was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade, B Company. He embarked with his unit for Suez on board the Mokoia and disembarked in Egypt on 15 March 1916. After barely a month he embarked for the fighting in Europe on board the Alaunia on 7 April 1916.

He suffered two bouts of fever possibly influenza during the year before being fatally wounded on 15 September. This was the first day of the third phase of the first Battle of the Somme. The 4th Battalion 3rd (Rifle) Brigade had been tasked with the capture of enemy trenches about 800 yards beyond the Switch Trench on the downward slope, and the establishment of a new line, to be called "Brown line".

Fred’s body was not recovered after the fighting and he is remembered on the Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Somme, France.

Fred and John are both remembered on the Hornby War Memorial.

Related resources

  • Online cenotaph record for Fred Ashworth. Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Fred Ashworth's military personnel file. Archives New Zealand (Archway)


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Frederick Reginald Ashworth

First Names:Frederick Reginald
Last Name:Ashworth
Place of Birth:Hornby, Christchurch, New Zealand