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One of The Original 500

Archibald Ash

Archibald Ash Regt # 575
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Son of Geo. Edward and Sarah Frances Ash
Red Bay, Labrador
188? - 23 February. 1917
Enlisted: Sept. 22, 1914
Embarked: October 3rd, 1914 aboard the SS Florizel.
He was one of the First 500, the famous "Blue Puttees", the first contingent of the First Newfoundland Regiment to be sent overseas.

Highest rank attained: Sergeant
KIA: February 23, 1917.

ARCHIBALD ASH Reg. No. 575. Enlisted, Sept. 22, 1914; Lance Corporal, Sept. 2,9, 1914; Acting Corporal Dec. 5, 1915; Sergeant, Feb. 3, 1916; British Expeditionary Force Oct. 3, 1916; joined Battalion, Oct. 14, 1916; Killed in action, Sailly-Saillisel, Feb. 23, 1917; Mentioned in dispatches, April 9, 1917.

Archibald Ash was one of the Regimental medics. On January 27, 1917, Sgt. Ash went out in the front of the trenches to tend to some of the wounded under very heavy shell fire. He directed the stretcher-bearers and made several trips with them. Later on he went out three more times searching the ground for more of his wounded comrades until he was satisfied there were no more there. The shellfire was heavy the whole time, but he showed a total disregard for danger and set a great example to the stretcher-bearers working with him. On February 23, 1917, Sgt. Ash and his Battalion moved into the firing line at Sailly-Saillesel, where the enemy bombardment was fierce and heavy. It was during this battle that Sgt. Ash was killed, three of his comrades wounded and one gassed.

Excerpt from Veterans of the North by Francis Patey

Commemorated on Page 8 of the Newfoundland Book of Remembrance

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