Friday, 10 February 2017

Vernon Asquith 1871 - 1917

Vernon Asquith Barnsley Chronicle 15th September 1917
With thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born:  1891

Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion: The Duke of Wellington (West Riding Regiment) 1/5th Battalion. Initially in the West Yorkshire Regiment.
Service number 242297
Awards: Victory Medal and British War Medal
Death: 5th August 1917 aged 26

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Vernon Asquith was the son of Joseph. E. Asquith and Helena Asquith of 10 Greenfoot Lane, Barnsley.
St. Pauls Church Memorial Plaque Old Town Barnsley
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

Links & Notes: Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

From the Barnsley Chronicle  8 September 1917 with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Official news has been received of the death of Private Vernon Asquith of the Duke of Wellington (West Riding Regiment) 1/5th Battalion.  He was the son of Joseph. E. and Helena Asquith, who resided at 10 Greenfoot Lane, Old Town, Barnsley.
The deceased soldier, who enlisted in April of last year, was 26 years of age and before the war he worked at the Central Silkstone Colliery.  Sergt. H. Kenyon has written the following letter to Private Asquith's mother: "No doubt you will have already received the terrible news of your son's death in action.  He was killed by a piece of the enemy's shell and suffered no pain.  I cannot express  him".to the full, the sympathy lads of the Platoon send to you in your sad bereavement.  He was a favourite with all and no better worker was to be found.  We feel his loss deeply and shall find it difficult to replace the lad who was always joking.  Please accept our deepest sympathy.  "We shall never forget him".

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