Corporal L/7882 SIDNEY JAMES ASH of 1st battalion Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) died on 22 July 1916.
At 10pm on 22 July the 1/RWK launched an attack to seize a key trench some four hundred yards from the British lines as a preliminary to the main assault by the whole Division which would go in at 1am next morning. At first the advance was made almost without loss but as soon as they topped the skyline they came under heavy enfilade fire from German positions in High Wood. Only a small number succeeded in reaching their objective and were forced to fall back after holding it for a few hours. The battalion’s casualties amounted to almost four hundred.
he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.
Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorial at the church of St Catharine, Hatcham.
He was born in Peckham and lived in Brockley.
Contributed By: Andy Pepper
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