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19366 PRIVATE H.W. ASHDOWN, 1ST.BN., GRENADIER GUARDS :

1914 Star (19366 Pte. 1/G.Gds.); British War Medal; Victory Medal 1914-19 (19366 Pte. G.Gds.) : (HENRY WILLIAM ASHDOWN - Born in the Parish of Withyham, East Grinstead, Sussex on 11 December 1880 and resided at Tunbridge Wells, Kent : He first attested at Dover, Kent, for the 5th.Lancers, on 23 February 1898, giving his age as eighteen years, two months but it was subsequently discovered that he had made a "mis-statement as to age on attestation" and he was discharged on 21 July 1898 : He attested again at London on 17 February 1899, on this occasion for the Grenadier Guards and served at home until 16 January 1902 when he was sent to South Africa : He returned home on 7 October 1902 and was placed on Army Reserve three days later : He was discharged on 16 February 1911 on completion of twelve years service : As a Special Reservist he again attested for the Grenadier Guards on 23 September 1914 and entered the war in France with the 1st.Battalion on 12 November 1914 : On 22 January 1918 he was admitted to hospital and subsequently invalided to England : He remained in various hospitals until 7 February 1919 when he was "Discharged - no longer physically fit for War Service", suffering from what was described as a "Nervous Breakdown and Mental Instability", most likely brought about by in excess of three years spent in the trenches : He died on 24 April 1951, at the age of 70 years, at the Victoria Cottage Hospital, Tonbridge, Kent, suffering from heart disease and pneumonia.) : Sold with verification; copy Service/Discharge Papers : Also entitled to Queen's South Africa Medal, which is known to exist; the 'Aug-Nov 1914' clasp for the 1914 Star and the Silver War Badge: NEF - Reserved