Ashe, William Henry (William)
No. 16157, 10th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 36)
Connaught Cemetery, France (Grave I. C. 39)
Family grave headstone in Bangor Abbey Graveyard
Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour
In some records his surname is spelt Ash.
William Henry Ashe was born on 7 February 1880 and he was a son of Robert Henry Ashe and Rachel Ashe (nee Hatch) who were married on 22 November 1877 in St Anne’s Parish Church of Ireland Church Belfast. Robert Henry Ashe (aged 20) from Gamble Street, Belfast was a son of Henry Ash, a labourer. Rachel Hatch (aged 22) from Gamble Street, Belfast was a daughter of William Hatch, a farmer.
The Ashe family lived in Belfast, in Ballymachan; Dundela Street and Belmont Avenue.
Robert Henry Ashe worked as a coachman, groom and domestic servant and he and Rachel had seven children:
Minnie (born around 1878/79; worked as a clerk; married Alexander Elliott on 20 August 1902 in St Mark’s Church of Ireland Church Dundela)
William Henry (born 7 February 1880 in Ballymachan; worked as a carpenter)
Robert James (born 28 January 1882 in Jordanstown; worked as a clerk)
Emma (born 14 November 1883 in Ballymachan; worked as a stitcher)
Hugh (born 24 October 1885 in The Moat, Ballymachan; worked as a van man)
Eliza Jane (Jeannie born 3 October 1888 in Ballymachan; worked as a linen lapper)
Mabel (born 27 September 1894 at 50 Dundela Street, Belfast; worked as a tailoress)
William Henry Ashe worked as a carpenter and general labourer and he and Jane Hendron (sometimes Hendren, born 1 August 1881) were married on 1 July 1899 in Ballymacarrett Church of Ireland Church (St Patrick’s). William Henry Ashe (aged 21) lived at 94 Belmont Avenue, Belfast. Jane Hendron (aged 21) from 21 Connswater Street, Belfast was a daughter of John Hendron.
After they were married they lived with Jane’s widowed father, John Hendron, in Connswater Street, Belfast.
In 1911 they were living at 41 Connswater Street and they had at least seven children:
Robert James (born 11 October 1899 at 21 Connswater Street, Belfast)
John (born 12 April 1902 at 21 Connswater Street, Belfast)
Elizabeth (born 13 November 1906 at 21 Connswater Street, Belfast)
Mabel (born 13 July 1909 at 21 Connswater Street, Belfast)
William Henry (born 8 July 1911 at 41 Connswater Street, Belfast)
Hugh (born 6 August 1913 at 41 Connswater Street, Belfast)
Herbert (born 21 June 1915 at 41 Connswater Street, Belfast)
William Henry Ashe enlisted in Belfast, he served with the 10th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 107th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he trained at Ballykinlar, Co Down before going to Seaford in Sussex in July 1915.
Rifleman William Henry Ashe (No. 16157) went to France in October 1915 and landed at Boulogne.
Rifleman William Henry Ashe was 36 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and he was buried in Connaught Cemetery, France.
Rifleman William Henry Ashe is commemorated in the Belfast Book of Honour and on the family grave headstone in Bangor Abbey Graveyard:
Erected by Robert H Ashe
In loving memory of his dear father and mother,
Henry Ashe died 4 April 1895 (aged 70)
Sarah Ashe died 22 Nov 1906 (aged 83)
His sister Matilda Burke, died 12 July 1881 (aged 25)
His son William H Ashe, killed in action at the Somme 1 July 1916 (aged 36)