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World War One Service Records & Biographies

The table below contains information related to soldiers who served before or during World War One, collated from available service records, medal cards and references from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) website.  Clicking on the forename will link to any biographical details I have been able to find  and there is a link to the CWGC site where appropriate.

(St=1914/15 Star, VM=Victory Medal, BWM=British War Medal).
(* = medal card only found, no biographical details).

ASTLE

Born

At

Father/Mother

Medals

  ST     VM    BWM

Discharged/Died

Abel

c.1862

Abbots Bromley, Staffs.

George/Selina

Y

Y

Y

16/05/1918

Abel Edwin

1881

Hixon, Staffordshire

George/Sarah Jane

Y

Y

Y


Albert

1886

Sneinton, Notts.

Isaiah/Julia

NA

NA

NA

Within 3 months

Albert (Edward)

1879

Aston on Trent, Derbys.

Charles/Mercy


Y

Y

1919

Albert*

R.A.M.C. 124, Private


Y

Y


Albert Edward

1888

Derby

Frederick /Amelia

Y

Y

Y

Died 27/09/1915

Albert George

1895

Nottingham

George/Elizabeth

Y

Y

Y

Died 03/05/1917

Alexander Arthur

1876

Birmingham

Joseph/Mary Ann

Y

Y

Y

Died 16/09/1916

Alfred*

South Staffs Regt / R.D.C. 39455/88871, Private

Y

Y

Y


Alfred John

1895

Stafford

Alfred/Catherine

Y

Y

Y

1919

Alfred William*

North Staffs Regiment, 40590, Private


Y

Y


Arthur Thomas

1875

Wilne, Derbys.

Robert/Mary Ann

Y

Y

Y

11/01/1916

Arthur Booth

1896

Wilmslow, Lancs.

?/Amy


Y

Y

1919

Arthur*

R. E. / A.S.C. / Train Res; 259430/268414/ 33985, Pioneer


Y

Y


Arthur

1889

Birmingham

Joseph/Sarah Jane

Y

Y

Y

Died 26/08/1916

Arthur George

1898

Llangollen

William/Sarah


Y

Y

16/12/1918

Arthur Henry

1889

Long Eaton

Henry/Sarah


Y

Y


Artie

1899

Oldbury, Staffs.

Benjamin/Eliza


Y

Y


Benjamin Thomas

1893

Oldbury, Staffs.

Benjamin/Eliza

Y

Y

Y

1919

Bryan

1896

Bickley, Kent

William G.D./Emily

Y

Y

Y


Charles*

Army Service Corps, M2/102704, Private


Y

Y


Charles E*

RAMC / Border Regt / RASC, 103/26834/4512, Private

Y

Y

Y


Charles Edward

1879

Oakthorpe, Derbys.

Edward/Sarah


Y

Y

Died 19/04/1917

Charles J*

Royal Engineers, 38234, Driver

Y

Y

Y


Charles James

1884

Plaistow, Essex

John K./Elizabeth

NA

NA

NA


Edmund George

1896

Melbourne, Derbys.

Joseph/Annie


Y

Y


Edward

c.1885

?

?/Mary

Y

Y

Y

1919

Edward*

Seaforth Highlanders, 726615, Private


Y

Y


Edward John

1898

West Ham, Essex

Edward/Alice


Y

Y

Died 29/01/1918

Edwin*

Royal Engineers, 655/446280, Sapper

Y

Y

Y


Edwin*

Royal Engineers, 47286, Sapper


Y

Y


Edwin*

R.H.A./Royal Garrison Artillery, 612315/228659, Gunner


Y

Y


Edwin Lees

1890

Little Eaton, Derbys.

John/Sarah Ann

Y

Y

Y


Eric

1890

Bickley, Kent

William G.D./Emily

Y

Y

Y

Died 07/10/1916

Ernest*

Notts & Derbys Regt / ROD RE, 1718/WR176942, Private

Y

Y

Y


Ernest*

Royal Warwickshire Regt/A.V.C. 1575/SE3604, Private

Y

Y

Y


Ernest A*

Royal Garrison Artillery, 126995, Gunner



Y


Francis H*

Army Ordnance Corps, 027063, Private


Y

Y


Frank*

Royal Engineers 295021/WR506999, Pioneer


Y

Y


Frank Hulme

1893

Stockport, Lancs.

William/Emma

Y

Y

Y


Frank Robert

1883

Ashton, Cheshire

Richard/Sarah


Y

Y

Died 10/09/1918

Fred

1891

Little Hulton, Lancs.

Joseph/Emma


Y

Y

1918

Frederick Whitmarsh

1895

Dulwich

Frederick/Ann

Y

Y

Y

1916

Frederick*

11th Hussars/Army Ordnance Corps, 12306/T1590, Private

Y

Y

Y


Frederick

1888

Hixon, Staffordshire

George/Sarah Jane

Y

Y

Y

Died 25/01/1917

Frederick C *

East Lancashire Regiment, 30892, Private


Y

Y


George Henry

1899

Stoke on Trent

Alfred/Catherine


y

Y


George*

Army Service Corps, M2/112731, Private

Y

Y

Y


George

1867

?

?

Y

Y

Y


George*

Army Service Corps, T/254989, Private


Y

Y


George*

Army Cyclist Force (TF) A.S.C. T/1528 T4 253160, Driver

Y

Y

Y


George*

North Staffordshire Regiment, 2980/240689, Private

Y

Y

Y


George*

Royal Field Artillery, 806314, Driver


Y

Y


George*

Royal Garrison Artillery/ASC, 167223/M414835, Gunner


Y

Y


George

1882

?

?

NA

NA

Na

1905

George Enoch

1877

Birkenhead

Thomas/Anne


Y

Y

Died 05/10/1918

George Edward

1898

?

?





George Leonard

1877

Burton on Trent

Francis/Hannah


Y

Y


George W.*

Royal Army Medical Corps, 95270, Temporary Sergeant


Y

Y


George William

1902

Birmingham

Thomas

NA

NA

NA


George William

1897

Clifton, Derbyshire

Henry/Annie


Y

Y


George William

1878

Ashbourne, Derbyshire

George/Mary

Y

Y

Y

19/07/1916

H. C.*

Lancashire Hussars/South Lancashire Regt, Private/2nd Lt.


Y

Y


Harold*

North Staffordshire Regiment, 9528/5039169, Private

Y

Y

Y


Harold

1896

Birmingham

Harry/Sarah Ann

Y

Y

Y


Harry (Henry)

1875

Walton on Trent, Derbys.

John/Emma

Y

Y

Y


Harry

1894?

Nottingham

John/Annie


Y

Y


Harry*

King's Shrops. L. I. /Royal Fusiliers, 43576/GS112344, Pte.


Y

Y


Harry*

Notts. & Derbys. Regt. 2291/265422/1961279, L/Cpl.

Y

Y

Y


Harry

?

Hartshorne, Derbyshire

Joseph/Ellen





Harry

1894

Tyldesley, Lancashire

James/Margaret


Y

Y


Henry*

Army Service Corps, DM2/11856, Corporal


Y

Y


Henry

?

Belper, Derbyshire

?



Y

Died 25/07/1917

Herbert

1885

Macclesfield

Thomas/Mary Ellen




Died 1949

Herbert

1888

Nottingham

Trayton/Frances


Y

Y

Died 29/07/1920

Horace S.*

Durham Light Infantry, 99763, Private

?

?

?


Isaiah

1876

Nottingham

Samuel/Rebecca





Ivor

1882

Cardiff

John/Amelia



Y


Jack*

9th Gordon Highlanders, S/10885, Private

Y

Y

Y


James

1887

Chester

John/Elizabeth





James

1894

Waverton, Cheshire

William/Emma




Died 30/11/1917

James*

Manchester Regiment, 400387, Private





James*

Royal Field Artillery, 252485, Gunner





John Baines

1872

Riddings, Derbyshire

Samuel/Rebecca

NA

NA

NA

Died 1901

John

1884

Wigan

John/Elizabeth





John

1881

Chester

John/Elizabeth

Y

Y

Y


John*

Royal Army Service Corps, SS/20233, Private





John

1875

Chester

Job/Elizabeth

Y

Y

Y


John Joseph

1891

Melbourne, Derbyshire

William/Elizabeth


Y

Y


John Job

1897

Chester

John/Mary Catherine

Y

Y

Y


John Bertram

1890

Bull Bridge, Derbyshire

Richard/Frances

Y

Y

Y


John George

1886

New Basford, Nottingham

John/Lucy Ann-

Y

Y

Y

Died  27/05/1918

John Christopher*

Machine Gun Corps, 59746, Private


Y

Y


John Elmer

1893

Forest Gate, Essex

John/Eliza

Y

Y

Y


John*

Royal Field Artillery/Labour Corps, 937/268473, Gunner

Y

Y

Y


John H.*

Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 48918, Private


Y

Y


John Joseph

1878

Macclesfield

Thomas/Mary Ellen


Y

Y

12/07/1916

John William

1897

Smethwick

John/Roseanna

Y

Y

Y

19/08/1916

Joseph

1890

Usworth, Durham

Samuel/Elizabeth

Y

Y

Y

04/09/1916

Joseph*

South Lancs. Regiment/Labour Corps, 499/604663, L/Cpl.

Y

Y

Y


Joseph*

West Riding Regt/York & Lanc. Regt/Machine Gun Corps, 5396/31653/139263, Private


Y

Y


Joshua

Lancashire Fusiliers, 65846, Private


Y

Y


Leonard

1887

Beeston, Nottingham

Samuel/Elizabeth





Leonard

1899

Rhyl

William/Phyllis


Y

Y


Norman Henry



Oswald/Alice




15/07/1915

Peers Archibald

1881

Aston, Birmingham

Joseph/Mary Ann





Percy Alfred John

1887

Winshill, Burton on Trent

John/Mary Eliza


Y

Y

03/11/1918

Peter*

South Lancashire Regiment, 1545/200184, Private

Y

Y

Y


Reginald Harry

1896

Long Eaton, Derbyshire

Titus/Sarah




31/05/1916

Reginald Frederick

1893

Coalville, Leicestershire

Charles/Sarah

Y

Y

Y


Reginald Wystan

1890

Repton, Derbyshire

Joseph/Harriet


Y

Y

24/08/1917

Richard T.*

Royal Army Service Corps, DM2/130313, Private


Y

Y


Robert*

Devonshire Regt/Labour Corps/RAMC, 41238/104837/147511, Pte


Y

Y


Robert*

Royal Army Medical Corps, 90405/245, Acting Corporal


Y

Y


Robert

1882




Y

Y


Roland Herbert

1897

Ammington, Warwickshire

Seth/Emily


Y

Y


Samuel*

Royal Field Artillery, 3064/676306, Gunner

Y

Y

Y


Samuel

1895

Llangollen

William/Sarah





Samuel*

Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 25843, Private

Y

Y

Y


Samuel Joseph*

Royal Army Medical Corps, 2104, Private


Y

Y


Sidney

1897

Sheffield

Titus/Maria





Stanley*

Cheshire Regt/Royal Berkshire Regt, 3176/36992, Private


Y

Y


Sydney

1895

Derby

Thomas/Ellen

Y

Y

Y


Sydney*

Cheshire Regiment/RA (TA),  LT/Major


Y

Y


Thomas*

Lancashire Fusiliers/Labour Corps, 5259/407434, Private


Y

Y


Thomas*

Royal Army Medical Corps/Welsh Regt, 71247/49915, Pte

Y

Y

Y


Thomas

R.A.S.C./Liverpool Regt, 380/T4248143/50064, Private


Y

Y

28/04/1918

Thomas*

Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 16756, Private

Y

Y

Y


Thomas*

Royal Lancashire Regiment, 27690, Private


Y

Y


Thomas*

Royal Field Artillery/ASC, 735605/R447289, Driver


Y

Y


Thomas*

Royal Engineers, 217919/WR262215, Sapper


Y

Y


Thomas

1877


Samuel/Elizabeth


Y

Y


Thomas

1868

Derby

Thomas/Jane

Y

Y

Y


Thomas Henry



Clara





Thomas Henry

c.1900







Thomas J.*

Army Service Corps, M2/191209, Private


Y

Y


Thomas William

c.1898

Liverpool

Thomas/Margaret


Y

Y

07/08/1917

Thomas Zadok*

1898

Spondon, Derbyshire

John/Sarah Ann


Y

Y


Tom

c.1877




Y

Y


Tom*

Royal Fusiliers, E/1441, Private


Y

Y


W.*

South Staffs. Regt/Military Foot Police, 10894/P4003, Pte

Y

Y

Y


Walter*

Cheshire Regiment, 4162/241385, Private


Y

Y


Walter*

West Yorkshire Regiment, 15135, Private


Y

Y


Wilfred*

Royal Field Artillery, 152879, Gunner


Y

Y


William

c.1887

Glusburn, Yorkshire

Edmund/Mary





William








William

1891

Derby

Frederick /Amelia

Y

Y

Y

14/09/1914

William*

Border Regiment, 27908, Private


Y

Y


William

Cheshire Regiment, 1670(292806 on CWGC) Private

Y

Y

Y

26/10/1918

William*

Cheshire Yeomanry/Shropshire Light Inf. 1044/230735, Pte

Y

Y

Y


William*

East Yorkshire Regiment, 35934, Private



Y


William

1875

Birkenhead



Y

Y


William*

Leicestershire Regiment, 11271, Private

Y

Y

Y


William*

Royal Engineers, 1784/496352/1754, Driver

Y

Y

Y


William

Royal Field Artillery, 44666, Gunner

Y

Y

Y

21/03/1918

William*

Royal Field Artillery, 116085, Driver


Y

Y


William*

Royal Garrison Artillery, 180892, Gunner


Y

Y


William*

South Lancs. Regt/Lancs. Fus.3020/201121/238154, Pte

Y

Y

Y


William

West Yorkshire Regiment, 18/1238, Private

Y

Y

Y

19/07/1918

William C.*

Royal Engineers, 73283, Sapper


Y

Y


William Clipsham

1877

London

John/Elizabeth


Y

Y


William Edwin

1895

Wichnor, Staffordshire

Edwin/Emma





William J.*

Lancashire Fusiliers, 307339, Private


Y

Y


William Leslie

1890

Wolverhampton

William/Louisa

Y

Y

Y

13/10/1915

William Weston

1879

Hednesford

Thomas/Eliza

NA

NA

NA



Abel Astle, Royal Field Artillery, 1652, Bombardier
Abel was born about 1862 at Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, the son of George Astle and Selina Cotterill. On the 1901 census he is recorded at Salt and Enson Staffordshire, aged 41 and employed as a Gunner in the Artillery. He enlisted at Wolverhampton on the 2nd September 1914, from the National Reserve declaring his age as 35, and stating he had previously served in the Garrison Artillery. He joined the 6th Staffordshire Battery of the Royal Field Artillery and was promoted to Bombardier in January 1915. Abel served in France from 28th February 1915 to 5th January 1918. He was discharged as medically unfit on the 16th May 1918, due to chronic bronchitis and deafness which were aggravated by active service.

Abel was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. He received a pension of 30 shillings per week for six weeks, which then reduced to six shillings per week. This award was to be reviewed after 48 weeks from discharge. Prior to enlistment he had worked for seven years as a Labourer for the Earl of Harrowby at Sandon Hall, Weston, Staffordshire. This was where he hoped to return. Abel died in 1925 aged 61, I have found no evidence that he ever married.

Abel Edwin Astle, Royal Engineers, 95058, Sapper
Abel Edwin was born at Hixon, Staffordshire, the son of George Astle and Sarah Jane Stanley. (He was the nephew of Abel Astle above.) On the 1901 census the family are at Stowe, Staffordshire and Abel Edwin is a House Painter. Abel married Grace Potts on 1st June 1907 at Burton on Trent. He survived the war and died in 1940 aged 58.

Albert Astle, Leicestershire Regiment, 10746, Private
Albert was born in 1879 at Sneinton, Nottinghamshire, the son of Isaiah Astle and Julia Hicks. On the 1901 census the family are at Nottingham and Albert like his father is a House Painter. Albert enlisted on the 25th August 1914 at Hednesford where his age was recorded as 28 years and 9 months! He joined the 6th (SER) Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment, but was discharged on the 15th September unfit for service due to an old dislocation of his right shoulder.

Albert Edward Astle, Army Service Corps, S/295222, Private
Albert Edward was born at Aston on Trent, Derbyshire in 1879, the son of Charles Astle and Mercy Wenham. On the 1901 census the family is living at Aston on Trent where Albert was a Butcher. He enlisted at Derby on the 11th December 1915 aged 38 and a single man. By then he was living at Chellaston working as a Butcher. He served in the Army Service Corps as a Butcher and was initially posted to the Army Reserve. He later served at Salonica between June 1917 and May 1919. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Albert Edward Astle, 4th Bn. Grenadier Guards, 13846, Private
Albert was born in 1888 at Derby the son of Frederick Astle and Amelia Thompson and was the elder brother of William. On the 1911 census Albert is recorded serving as a Private in the Grenadier Guards at Pirbright Camp Guildford. Albert married Emily Ann Goodhead at St Peters, Derby in 1913 and was killed on or about 27 September 1915. He is remembered on the Loos memorial.

Albert George Astle, Notts & Derbys Regiment/Leicestershire Regiment, 17292, Private / Captain
Albert was born in 1895 at Nottingham, the youngest son of George Frederick Astle and Elizabeth Hudson. He was a Captain in the 8th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment when he was killed in action on the 3rd May 1917 aged 22. His name is on the Arras Memorial. He had first served in France on 18th May 1915 and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Alexander Arthur Astle, 1st Essex Regiment / 14th Bn. Hampshire Regiment, 20313/26487, Private
Alexander Arthur Astle was born in 1876 at Birmingham the son of Joseph and Mary Ann Ellis. He was the brother of Archibald Peers Astle. On the 1901 census he was living at Aston, Birmingham and his occupation was Licensed Victualler. He married Mary Isabella Russell in 1906. He served in the Balkans theatre from 19th September 1915, and was killed in action on 16th September 1916 aged 41. His grave is at Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, France. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Alfred John Astle, Royal Field Artillery, 213/805269, Bombardier
Alfred was born in 1895 at Stafford, Staffordshire, the eldest son of Alfred Astle and Catherine Wiggin.
He enlisted on the 25th March 1914 at Shelton and joined the 2nd Staffordshire Battalion of the Royal Field Artillery (Territorial Force). At the time of enlistment he was living at Old Hall Farm Fenton.
He served in France from February 1915, and was wounded in action on 13th October 1915. he was promoted Bombardier 14th September 1917, and was demobilsed in August 1919. His home address at that time was 30, Milner Road Selly Park, Birmingham. A letter in his service record from Birmingham Police in 1920 indicates that he had rejoined the force after his military service. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Arthur Astle, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 4741, Private
Arthur was born in 1889 at Birmingham, the son of Joseph and Sarah Jane Astle. He was deployed to the Balkans on 13 July 1915. Arthur died on 26 August 1916 in the military hospital at Eastbourne and is remembered at Birmingham (Witton) Cemetery. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Arthur Thomas Astle, South Notts Hussars Yeomanry (Territorial), 540370, Private; South Notts Hussars / Corps of Hussars, 13, Sergeant
Arthur was born on 20th May 1875 at Church Wilne, Derbyshire, the eldest surviving son of Robert Astle and Mary Ann Bywater who had twelve children. He originally enlisted in the South Notts Hussars on 6th November 1895 until the termination of his engagement on 11th January 1916, and was a Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant on discharge. He served in Egypt and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Arthur married Isabel Higgins in 1902 and they had four children. Isabel died in 1917, and Arthur remarried Winifred Brown in 1919.

He enlisted again in the Territorial Force on 19th January 1921 at Nottingham, declaring his birth date as 20th May 1875, and his occupation as Engineer. Arthur stated his previous service in the South Notts Hussars Yeomanry (Rifle no. 13) and was specially enlisted as a Sergeant. He was discharged on the 11th March 1921 as he was overage on enlistment. He died in 1952 aged 79.

Arthur Booth Astle, Manchester Regiment, 44104, Private
Arthur Booth Astle was born in 1896 at Wilmslow, Cheshire. On the 1901 census he is living with his widowed grandmother. He enlisted in the 3/8 Battalion of the Manchester Regiment at Ardwick on 24th June 1915 and served at home until 27th July 1916 when he was posted to the British Expeditionary Force. Between 27th July 1917 and 8th November 1917 he served in France. He then appears to have served at home until his discharge on 14th January 1919. His record shows that he forfeited 5 days pay for absence between 18th-22nd January 1918, and was awarded 10 days detention for breaking out of camp whilst a defaulter. He was released on the 1st February 1918. His record also shows his mother Amy (Astle) Gorse of 5, Rupert Street, Reddish, Lancashire was his next of kin. Arthur was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Arthur George Astle, Welsh Regiment, 83247, Private
Arthur George Astle was born in 1898 at Llangollen, the youngest son of William Astle and Sarah James. He was a Collier when he enlisted on 16th April 1918 at Wrexham for the duration of the war. Arthur was posted to France on 21st September 1918, and demobilized on 16th December 1918. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Arthur Henry Astle, 1st Notts & Derbys Regiment / Labour Corps, 10688/655079, Corporal
Arthur Henry Astle was born in 1889 at Long Eaton, Derbyshire the eldest son of Henry Astle and Sarah Elizabeth Greasley. He was awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery during the battle of Ancre Heights on 3rd September 1916. He commanded his party under fire and brought bombs to the front line. He was also awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Artie Astle, Wiltshire Regiment, 48320, Private
Artie Astle was born in 1899 at Oldbury, the son of Benjamin Astle and Eliza Reynolds. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Benjamin Thomas Astle, Worcestershire Regiment, 20146, Sergeant
Benjamin was born in 1893 at Oldbury, the son of Benjamin Astle and Eliza Reynolds. He was the brother of Artie Astle above. He was a labourer when he enlisted on 14th December 1914 at Worcester and joined the Worcestershire Regiment. There is a letter in his records dated 13th January 1919 from the Langley Forge Company stating that they are keeping his old job for him.
Benjamin served at Gallipoli and was admitted to hospital there before being invalided to England in December 1915. He transferred to the Machine Gun Corps in April 1916, and was serving in France from June that year. He suffered with dysentery and was admitted to Winchester Hospital in August. He was back in France by March 1917 and appears to have remained there until demobilization in 1919. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Bryan Astle, Motor Machine Gun Service R. A. / Machine Gun Corps, 896, Gunner
Brian was born in 1896 at Bickley, Kent, the son of William George Drayton Astle and Ellen Emily Smith. On the 1901 census the family are living at Bromley, Kent and Brian’s father is a Dealer in Colonial Stocks and Shares. Brian survived the war and married Pauline W. Allday in 1924.

Charles Edward Astle, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 4966/291865, Private
Charles was born in 1879 at Oakthorpe in Derbyshire the only son of Edward Astle and Sarah Sophia Fynn. On the 1901 census the family are at Langley, Macclesfield, and Charles is single and a Joiner, which was his status and occupation when he enlisted with the 7th Cheshire Regiment on the 9th December 1915. He transferred to the 7th Royal Welch Fusiliers and served with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, disembarking at Alexandria on 24th July 1915. He was officially killed in action on 19th April 1917, although his service records include a hand written note stating he died on 28th March. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Charles James Astle, Army Pay Corps, 10693, Corporal
Charles was born in 1884 at Plaistow, Essex the youngest son of John Kingston Astle and Elizabeth Wheelwright. He enlisted in the Army Pay Corps on 2nd January 1917 aged 32. On enlistment he was married to Isaclair Hamilton, and had two children Eileen Isaclair, and Charles Elmer. He was promoted Corporal on 4th January 1918 and served until armistice day in the UK.

Edmund George Astle, South Lancashire Regiment/Machine Gun Corps, 31359/154994, Private
Edmund was born in 1896 at Melbourne, Derbyshire the son of Joseph Astle and Annie Earp. He survived the war and married Elsie Lunn in 1924. Edmund died in 1940 aged 44.

Edward Astle, Lancashire Fusiliers / ASC, 3671/M 398549, Private
Edward was born about 1885, and enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps on 25th May 1915 at Salford.
He was living in Seedley, Manchester and was employed by the Manchester Dry Dock Company where he was a Ship’s Smith. He served in the Gallipoli campaign in the last 3 months of that year, and then in Egypt until March 1917 when he was posted to France. He was wounded in the left thigh and right arm by shrapnel at Nieuwpoort in Flanders on 8th November 1917, and was transferred back to the UK a week later. In January 1919 his medical examination prior to demobilization found that he had weakness of the left leg and defective vision. He was discharged a month later. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. His records show that his mother’s name was Mary, and his next of kin was his sister, also named Mary. There is a brief mention in military correspondence of his wife Marion Harrison/Farrell.

Edward John Astle, Middlesex Regiment, G/89013, Private
Edward was born in 1898 at West Ham, Essex the youngest son of Edward Astle and Alice Elizabeth Blowers, and nephew of Charles James Astle above. He was serving with G Company, 20th Battalion Middlesex Regiment when he was killed in action on 29th January 1918 aged 19. His memorial is at Mory Cemetery, Pas de Calais. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Edwin Lees Astle, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment, 2470/240585, Private
Edwin was born in 1890 at Little Eaton, Derby, the son of John Astle and Sarah Ann Wall.

Eric Astle, 1/5th London Regiment, 4314/2314, Private
Eric was born on 7 January 1891, the son of William George Devon Astle and Ellen Emily Smith. On the 1911 census Eric is enumerated as a student of engineering. Eric served in France from 17th March 1915. He was killed in action on 27th October 1917. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. He is remembered on the Thiepval memorial.

Frank Hulme Astle, 6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment / RAF, 2nd LT / LT
Frank was born in 1893 at Stockport, Lancashire the eldest son of William Astle and Emma Hulme.

Frank Robert Astle, South Lancashire Regiment, 31009, Private
Frank was born in 1883 at Woodside, Ashton in Cheshire the youngest son of Richard Astle and Sarah Hughes. On the 1901 census he is a Farm Labourer, and in 1911 he married Sarah Allen. He enlisted on 11th May 1915 at Chester aged 35, and was posted to the Cheshire Regiment. During his early military service he was based in the UK, and did not serve in France until mid-1916. He was returned to England in October that year after being wounded in the foot, returning to France in April 1917 to serve in the South Lancashire Regiment.  Two months later he was once again returned to England this time suffering from Trench Fever. He was posted back to France in November 1917, and at some point may have been captured. He died of dysentery in a prisoner of war camp at Saarbrucken on 10th September 1918. Frank’s memorial is at Niederzwehren Cemetery. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. Frank’s name is also on a memorial at Church Road, Ashton, Cheshire.

Fred Astle, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 243380, Private
Fred was born in 1891 at Little Hulton, Bolton Lancashire, the son of Joseph Astle and Emma Crook. He was a painter when he enlisted on 9th December 1915 at Manchester, and was posted to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He served in France from April - June 1917, and then in Egypt until May 1918 when he returned to France. He was wounded in action on 27th June 1918 and returned to England on 5th August. He qualified as a 1st Class Signaller in January 1918, two months before his demobilization. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Frederick Whitmarsh Astle, Royal Field Artillery, 802/282051/956548, Driver
Frederick was born in 1895 at Dulwich the son of Frederick William Astle and Ann Rose.
He enlisted in the Territorial Army (Royal field Artillery) on 15th February 1911 aged 17. He undertook annual training, and was embodied on 5th August 1914. He served in France from March 1915 until February 1916 when he returned to England for discharge at the end of his engagement. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Frederick Astle, North Staffordshire Regiment, 8937, Private
Frederick was born in 1888 at Hixon, Staffordshire the son of George Astle and Sarah Jane Stanley. He was a Painter when he enlisted on 17th June 1908 at Lichfield aged 18. He had previously served with the 4th North Staffordshire Regiment but had been discharged by purchase. He was posted to the Staffordshire Regiment and served in India from late 1910 until August 1916. He was part of the Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force and joined the 7th Battalion on 10th October 1916. He was killed in action on 25th January 1917 and his grave is at Amara cemetery. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. His records show that his father acknowledged the receipt of his personal effects (1 disc!) in August 1917. Frederick was the brother of Abel Edwin Astle, and nephew of Abel Astle above.

George Henry Astle, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 40123/43669, Private
George was born on June 17th 1899 at Stoke on Trent, the son of Alfred Astle and Catherine Wiggin. He was a furnace hand for the Austin Motor Company, Northfield Birmingham when he enlisted 24 days short of this eighteenth birthday in 1917. He initially joined the Warwickshire Regiment and served in England for 10 months before being posted to France where he joined the 2/8th Worcester Regiment on 7th April 1918. He was wounded in the left leg by shrapnel at Valenciennes, 10 days before armistice day. He returned to England a month later and spent a further month in hospital at Cheltenham where he made a good recovery. George was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

George Astle, Army Service Corps, R4/144368, Private
George was living at Alkmonkton, Derbyshire when he enlisted on 16th October 1915 aged 48, having previously served 8 years in the Notts and Derbyshire Regiment. He had married Winnie Parker in 1909 at Uttoxeter, and they had two daughters Flossie and Ida. George served at home until 25th April 1918 when he was discharged being no longer fit for war service. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

George Astle, Royal Garrison Artillery, 19563, Gunner
Buried at Rinella Military Cemetery, Malta, in 1905 aged 23. This cemetery which is located about halfway between Kalkara Naval Cemetery and Bighi Hospital was in use for British Servicemen and their families from 1865 to 1916. In 1978 any remains were transferred to Kalkara Naval Cemetery into a Mass Grave.

George Enoch Astle, Royal Field Artillery, 164837, Gunner
George was born in 1877 at Birkenhead, the son of Thomas and Anne Astle. He married Agnes Miller in 1900. George was serving with the 36th Trench Mortar Battery of the RFA when he was killed in action on 5th October 1918 aged 41. his grave is at Dadizeele New British Cemetery in Belgium. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

George Edward, Royal Army Service Corps, J/309554, Driver
George was born in 1898 and enlisted on 19th May 1916, aged 18. He was a Packer and lived at Rusholme, Manchester. He was called up from the Reserve in March 1917, and served at home for the next two years before being discharged as no longer fit for war service due to a deformity of the chest.

George Leonard Astle, North Staffs. Regt./Labour Corps, 241902/63871, Private
George was born in 1877 at Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, the son of Francis Astle and Hannah Bostin. He was 38 years old and employed at a Chemical Works when he enlisted in December 1915. He was mobilized in March 1916 and served in France from July 1st. He was wounded in the right arm on 11th May 1917, and was posted to the 5th Reserve Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment in March 1918. He was transferred to the Labour Corps in July 1918 and demobilized in April 1919 with 20% disability. His pension was initially 5/6 per week for the first year. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

George William Astle, 8th Royal Warwickshire Regiment and Defence Corps, Private
George was born on 17th September 1902 at Birmingham, the son of Thomas Astle. He was unmarried and a sheet metal worker when he enlisted in the Royal Defence Corps on 11th April 1921. He served for 85 days, with good character.

George William Astle, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment, 70800, Private
George was born in 1897 at Clifton, Derbyshire, the son of Henry Astle and Annie Elizabeth Rowe. He was a factory hand at Nestles in Ashbourne when he enlisted on 7th October 1914 aged 18. He served in France from 27th June 1916, and was wounded by shrapnel in the foot a year later. He returned to England to recover, and was posted to 4th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in September. George was posted back to France in April 1918 but it was only a three weeks before the old wound broke down again. He was returned to England and was discharged in March 1919. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

George William Astle, Army Service Corps T4/090357 Driver
George was born in 1878 at Ashbourne Derbyshire, the son of George and Mary Astle. he was first deployed on 11 July 1915 and served in the Egyptian Theatre. He died on 19th July 1916, aged 29, whilst serving with the RAMC 39th Field Ambulance. He is remembered on the Kirkee memorial. George was awarded the 1914/15 Star British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Harold Astle, Royal Field Artillery, 401/845292, Driver
Harold was born in 1896 at Birmingham, the son of Harry Astle and Sarah Ann Percox. He was 19 years old and a Cycle Fitter when he enlisted in the 3rd South Midland Brigade Royal Field Artillery on 12th January 1915. He served in France from April 1915 until November 1917, and then in Italy until March 1919.
He served as a Driver with the Divisional Ammunition Column and was demobilized 1st May 1919.
Harold was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. He married Lilian Houghton in 1923, and a letter in his records dated 5th May 1925 shows that he was living in Greenaway Street, Small Heath, Birmingham and that he was requesting a copy of his character sheet as he was applying for a position with Birmingham Corporation.

Harry (Henry) Astle, Army Service Corps, T4/122160, Driver
Henry Astle was born in 1875 at Walton on Trent, Derbyshire, the son of John Astle and Emma Wood. He married Julia Alice Stevenson on 14th April 1900, and they had 4 daughters. They were living at 40, Grove Road Atherstone when Harry, a Carter, enlisted aged 40 on 21st June 1915. Harry served in the Army Service Corps as a Mule Driver, and was in France from September 1915 to May 1916. He then served in Egypt from July 1917 until demobilization in April 1919. Harry was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. What remains of his service record is sparse, but there is some indication that a pension was paid to him on discharge. However the only injury on his record was a broken rib sustained after tripping on a tent peg.

Harry Astle, Army Service Corps, T4/239729, Corporal
Harry was born in Nottingham and enlisted in the Territorial Army there on 22nd May 1912, claiming to be 18 years old. He served at home from August 1914 to February 1917, rising to L/Sergeant. He then served in France and was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. He was a designer and Lace Draughtsman, and worked for Bridgett & Sons before the war. I believe he was the son of John and Annie Astle of Nottingham.

Harry Astle, Royal Garrison Artillery, 14156, Gunner/Corporal
Harry was born at Hartshorne, Derbyshire, the son of Joseph and Ellen Astle. He was a Miner when he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery on 20th February 1903. Harry married Maria Scott at Greasborough, Yorkshire in 1906. Harry served in France from June 1915 until January 1916 when he was discharged having come to the end of his engagement. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Harry Astle, Royal Garrison Artillery, 156107, Gunner
Harry was born in 1894 at Tyldesley, Lancashire, the son of James Astle and Margaret Strettle. He was a Clerk when he enlisted on 4th December 1915 at Manchester. He was mobilized in May 1917, and served in France from September that year. Harry was wounded by Gas in August 1918, although his record shows he was mildly affected. He was demobilized in January 1919, and was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Henry Astle, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment, 21823, Private
Henry died on 25th July 1917, and his memorial is at Ford Park Cemetery (formerly Plymouth Old Cemetery, Pennycomequick). He married Rose Anna White in 1897, and on the 1901 census was a L/Cpl in the Infantry aged 31. The census shows that both he and Rose were born in Belper, Derbyshire as was their daughter Winifred. Henry’s medal card shows only the award of the British War Medal.

Herbert Astle, Cheshire Regiment, 16213, Private
Herbert was born in 1885 at Macclesfield the son of Thomas Astle and Mary Ellen Dawson. Herbert’s father died when he was 3 years old and his mother remarried William Tatton / Talton. On the 1901 census the family is living in Stockport and Herbert is a Cotton Doffer. He married Sarah Alice Clayton in 1908 at Stockport Registry Office, and they had a daughter Mary Ellen in 1911. He enlisted on 5th September 1914 at Stockport and served briefly with the 12th Service Battalion Cheshire Regiment, but was discharged on 9th November as medically unfit, his record shows Mitral disease of the heart. Herbert died in 1949 aged 64.

Herbert Astle, South Notts Hussars/Machine Gun Corps, 2032/164381, Private
Herbert was born in 1888 at Hyson Green, Nottingham, the son of Trayton Astle and Frances Mills. He served with the South Notts Hussars Machine Gun Corps and in the Infantry. He died 29th July 1920 aged 31. His memorial is in Nottingham Old Cemetery. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Isaiah Astle, Yorkshire Light Infantry
Isaiah was born in 1876 at Hyson Green, Nottingham, the son of Samuel and Rebecca Astle. He enlisted in the Yorkshire Light Infantry in January 1894, having been a member of the 4th Battalion Sherwood Foresters Militia. He transferred to the 2nd Leicestershire Regiment in March 1894.

Ivor Astle, Army Ordnance Corps, 0815, Lance Corporal
Ivor was born in 1882 at Cardiff the son of John George Edward Astle and Amelia Webb.  Both Ivor and his father were Journalists. Ivor enlisted on 23rd August 1914 in London, but deserted on 13th January 1915 at Tidworth. (See also below).

Ivor Astle, Royal Field Artillery/Labour Corps, 850969/592548, Gunner
As there was only one Ivor Astle on the 1901 Census, it is most likely that this soldier who was awarded the British War Medal is the same man.

James Astle, Cheshire Regt, 10653, Private
James enlisted on 11th August 1914 at Chester, aged 27 years 5 months and was posted to the 8th Service Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. He was absent without leave from 19th October to 1st November. He was in further trouble shortly after and was discharged 5th November 1914 as not likely to become an efficient soldier. I believe there is a strong possibility that this is the same man who joined the Yorkshire Regiment, see below. Their ages, height and weight are very similar, and both gave their next of kin as John Astle, father.

James Astle, Yorkshire Regiment, 18167, Private
James was born in Chester in 1887, the son of John and Elizabeth Astle. On the 1901 census he is at the Training Ship Clio at Anglesey, aged 14, ‘learning a sea life’. He enlisted at South Shields on 6th December 1914 and was posted to the 7th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. He deserted a month later. See also above.

James Astle, Liverpool Regiment, 268616, Private
James was born in 1894 at Waverton, Cheshire the son of William and Emma Astle. James was serving with the 12th Battalion The Kings (Liverpool Regiment) when he died on 30th November 1917. He is remembered at the Cambrai memorial Louverval.

John Baines Astle, Leicestershire Regiment, 3008, Private
John Baines Astle was born at Riddings in 1872 the son of Samuel and Rebecca Astle. He was employed as a Collier before he joined the Leicestershire Regiment aged 18 on 20th March 1891. He served with the regiment in South Africa but died suddenly in December 1901 at Sneinton, Nottingham shortly after his return.

John Astle, South Lancashire Regiment , 33927, Private
John Astle was born on the 18 March 1884 at Wigan, the son of John and Elizabeth Astle. John worked as a Collier, and married Elizabeth Sheppard on 14 April 1906 at St. Catherine’s Church, Wigan. John and Elizabeth had two young children when he enlisted on 25th August 1915. John served with the 3rd Garrison Battalion but was discharged in May 1916 as no longer fit for war service due to imperfect vision. It does not appear that he saw any foreign service.

John Astle, Northumberland. Fusiliers/Royal Defence Corps , 10025/85260, Private
John was born in Chester in 1881, the son of John and Elizabeth Astle, and the brother of James (Yorkshire Regiment) above. He was living in Gateshead and was employed as a Labourer by McAlpine & Son when enlisted at Newcastle on 21 September 1914. He served initially in the Northumberland Fusiliers, and then briefly with the Black Watch in France, where he was wounded in both legs on the first day of the battle at Loos on 25 September 1915.
He spent almost a year in hospitals on his return to England, ands did not serve abroad again. He was a member of the 203rd Company Royal Defence Corps at demobilisation on 5 April 1919. On enlistment he stated he had previously served 10 years in the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, which might explain why I could not locate him on the 1901 census. John was awarded the the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

John Astle, Royal Engineers, 60935, Driver
John was born in Chester in 1875, the son of Job and Elizabeth Astle. He married Annie Shields in Scarborough in 1900 and they had seven daughters and one son before he enlisted on 30th January 1915 at Aldershot. John was a stonemason and served as a driver with the Royal Engineers throughout the war.
He saw service in France and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
His service record shows his next of kin was his brother Job, who was serving on the minesweeper ‘Trustful’.

John Astle, Royal Field Artillery, 152074, Gunner
John Joseph Astle was born in 1891 the son of William Astle and Elizabeth Smith. John’s father was a Market Gardner and the family lived at Kings Newton near Melbourne in Derbyshire. John was also a Market Gardner, and 24 years old when he enlisted in the Royal Regiment of Artillery at Derby on 11 December 1915. He served abroad during the whole war, firstly in Mesopotamia and then India. He was demobilised in June 1919. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

John Astle, Yorkshire Regiment/Royal Engineers, 19710/254227, Private
John Job Astle was born in 1897 in Chester the son of John Astle and Mary Catherine Rigby. Unfortunately his mother died during or shortly after John’s birth, and on the 1901 census he and his sister Mary are living with their grandparents in Chester. John’s father was by then married to Annie Shields, and was living in Yorkshire, (see John Astle , Royal Engineers 60935 above). John was living at his father’s address in Scarborough and worked as a Van Driver, probably with Filey Laundry, when he enlisted with the Yorkshire Regiment on 16 January 1915. He saw service in France from October 1915, and was wounded in July 1916. He transferred to the Royal Engineers in August 1917. John was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

John Bertram Astle, Royal Engineers, 59932, Sapper
John was born in 1890 at Bull Bridge, Ambergate, Derbyshire the son of Richard Astle and Frances Eleanor Rawson. On the 1901 census John’s father was a mounted rural postman. John was a civil servant when he enlisted on 11 December 1914 in London with the Royal Engineers Postal Service. He served in the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force from August 1915, returning to England on 22 May 1916 where 3 days later he married Sarah Ann Duffield. John embarked for France in March 1917, and was demobilised in June 1919, he was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

John George Astle, Royal Army Medical Corps, 224/318163, Private
John was born in 1886 at New Basford, Nottingham, the son of John Atkin Astle and Lucy Ann Dean. John’s mother died when he was only four, and it appears the family moved to Scotland before the 1901 census. John enlisted on the 15 September 1914 at Glasgow, joining the 1 / 2 Lowland Field Ambulance Unit. He served at Gallipoli and later in France where he was killed in action on 27th May 1918. (On this day the Germans launched a major offensive beginning the battle of the Aisne). John was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. He is remembered at Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St. Eloi. John is also remembered on the R.A.M.C . Great War website.

John Elmer Astle, 1/16th London Regiment, 2320, Private
John was born in 1893 at Forest Gate Essex, the son of John Charles Astle and Eliza Sarah Andrews.
He married Birdie Elizabeth S Voers in 1917. (Elizabeth was born at Forest Gate in 1892, and interestingly her father was German).

John Joseph Astle, Welsh Regiment, 34953, Private
I believe this is John Joseph Astle who was born in 1878 in Macclesfield, the son of Thomas Astle and Mary Ellen Dawson. On the 1901 census he is serving in the Navy at Chatham Dockyard aboard Perseus. John married Annie Hardy in 1905 and they had a son Frank a year later. John was serving in 10 Battalion the Welsh Regiment when he was killed on 12 July 1916. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. John was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

John William Astle, Gloucestershire Regiment, 15809, Private
John was born in 1897 at Smethwick, the son of John Astle and Roseanna Bell Clarke. He was serving in D Company 10th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment when he was killed on 19 August 1916 aged 19. He first saw active service on 9 August 1915, and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. John was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Joseph Astle, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 16548, Private
John was born in 1890 at Usworth, Durham, the son of Samuel Astle and Elizabeth Marshall. He married Elizabeth Dial in 1911 and had two daughters Mary and Elizabeth. Joseph was serving with the 6th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Greece when he was killed on 4 September 1916. He was first deployed to the Balkans on 7 August 1915, and is remembered at Struma Military Cemetery. Joseph was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Joshua Astle, Lancashire Fusiliers, 65846, Private
Joshua was born in 1897, the son of John and Catherine Astle. Joshua died on 14th January 1919 after discharge and his death was registered in the Bolton Registration District.

Leonard Astle, RASC, 225393 / S/420006, Corporal
Leonard was born in Beeston in 1887, the son of Samuel Butler Astle (Lace Manufacturer) and Elizabeth Martha Fairburn. Leonard married Nellie Alcock in September 1912, and they had one son at the time he enlisted at Nottingham in December 1915. Leonard served at home throughout the war, latterly being transferred to the Supply Branch due to his disability which had been aggravated by his service.

Leonard Astle, Royal Welsh Regt/Royal Welsh Fus./ASC, 65141/80200/S452111, Pte.
Leonard was born in 1899 at Rhyl, the son of William Astle and Phyllis Rowlands. He was a Railway Clerk when he enlisted on 4 May 1917 with the Royal Welsh Regiment. He served in France from March 1918, and in August that year transferred to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He suffered gun shot wounds to his right arm and back in September, and was hospitalized at Bristol. He was subsequently transferred to the Army Service Corps and was a Corporal on demobilization. Leonard was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Norman Henry Astle, Royal Navy - H.M. Trawler "Agamemnon II.", J/7904, AS.
Norman was born in 1892 at Northwich Cheshire the son of Oswald Astle(s) and Alice Perry, and brother of George. On the 1901 census at Northwich the surname of the family was first enumerated as Astles, and then amended to Astle. Norman’s mother Alice  died shortly afterwards, and his father married Rachel Allison in 1908. Norman had served in the Royal Navy for over 5 years when he died on 15 July 1915 when the trawler Agamemnon II was lost. He is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

Archibald Peers Astle, Royal Garrison Artillery, 96123
Archibald was born in 1881 at Aston, Birmingham the son of Joseph Astle and Mary Ann Ellis. On the 1901 census he is living at the Angel Inn in Aston where his father is the licensee, Archibald however is a jeweler. He married Louisa Jane Brown in April 1907, and they had one child Molly Mary, when Archibald then a Barman enlisted 18 December 1918. He was discharged in July 1916, as unlikely to become an efficient soldier due to epilepsy.

Percy Astle, North Staffordshire Regiment, 3770 Private
Percy was born in 1897 at Winshill, Burton on Trent, the son of John and Mary Eliza Astle. He was a Brewer’s Labourer and gave his age as 19 years 4 months when he enlisted in the Territorial Force in April 1915 at Burton on Trent. He was discharged two months later as not physically fit to carry any weight. This did not deter him from enlisting again, and he has another service record with the 9th London Regt/Kings Royal Rifle Corps/15th London Regt, 415123, Private.
Percy Alfred John Astle was a Rifleman in the London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles) 1st/9th Bn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps formerly 18th Battalion, when he was killed on 3 November 1918. He is remembered at St. Pol British Cemetery, St. Pol-Sur-Ternoise. Percy was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Reginald Harry Astle, Royal Marine Light Infantry - HMS Invincible, PO/17356, Pte.
Reginald was born in 1896 at Long Eaton, Derby the son of Titus Astle and Sarah Elizabeth Greasley.
He enlisted at Nottingham on 7 August 1914 and served in France and the Dardenelles. He died when HMS Invincible was sunk at the battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916.

Reginald Frederick Astle, Leicestershire Regt/Labour Corps, 1256/440691, L/Cpl
Reginald was born in Coalville in 1893, the son of Charles Herbert Astle and Sarah Ann Sheavyn. He was demobilised  on 18 February 1919.

Reginald Wystan Astle, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 55438/242769, Private
Reginald was born in 1890 at Repton, the son of Joseph Astle and Harriet Manson. He was killed in action on 24 August 1917 and is remembered at Favreuil British Cemetery. Reginald was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Robert Astle, South Wales Borderers/Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 45308/56239, Private
Robert was born in 1882 and married Emma Langley 29 December 1907 at Birkenhead. They had 3 children when Robert who was working as a Carter enlisted 24 February 1916. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Roland Herbert Astle, Royal Garrison Artillery, 141765, Gunner
Roland was born in 1897 at Ammington, Warwickshire, the son of Seth Astle and Emily Payne. On the 1901 census the family are at Clifton Campville where Seth is a Cowman. Roland survived the war and married Agnes Hinds at Clifton Campville in 1920.

Samuel Astle, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 19217, Private
Samuel was born in 1895 at Llangollen, the son of William Astle and Sarah James. He was a 20 year old Miner when he enlisted in December 1914. Unfortunately he was discharged the following month as unlikely to become an efficient soldier due to having symptoms of Tuberculosis.

Sidney Astle, York & Lancaster Regt, 60432
Sidney was born in 1897 at Sheffield, the son of Titus Astle and Maria Jackson. He was working as a Steel Turner in Sheffield when he enlisted there on 11th June 1918. He married Sarah Kenny at Chesterfield in August 1918, and served at home until demobilization in November 1919.

Sydney Astle, Royal Army Medical Corps, 1429, Private
Sydney was born in Derby in 1895, the son of Thomas and Ellen Astle. Sydney was a Furnace Hand working for the Midland Railway Company when he enlisted in the Territorial Force, 1st North Midland Field Ambulance in April 1911. He completed his five year engagement, and served in France from February 1915 to April 1916 when he was discharged. Sydney was awarded the 1914/15 Star British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Thomas Astle, 19th Bn. The King’s (Liverpool Regiment), 50064, Private
Thomas died on 28 April 1918 in Belgium and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial. The Register of Soldiers Effects shows his father’s name was Thomas, but I know nothing else about hium.

Thomas Astle, Royal Engineers, 104124, Sapper
Thomas was born in 1877 the son of Samuel Astle and Elizabeth Davidson. Thomas married Lily Hanley on 1st October 1900 at Leeds, and they had two children Samuel and Grace. Thomas was a Clerk at the time he enlisted on 29 May 1915 at Middlesborough. He served in France from March - June 1916, but was discharged later that year suffering from Neurasthenia. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Thomas Astle, Royal Field Artillery, 6/800787, Driver
Thomas was born in 1868 at Derby the son of Thomas Astle and Jane Ambrose. Thomas first enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery on 24th April 1889, and served in South Africa from December 1899 until March 1902. he was awarded the South Africa Medal and clasps for the battle of Tugela Heights, Orange Free State and the Relief of Ladysmith. Thomas was discharged having served his time on 15 May 1902.
At the age of 34, Thomas joined the Territorial Force, Royal Field Artillery in 1908 initially for 4 years and then extended for a further 4 years. He married Elizabeth Harrison in 1913, and served in France from February 1915 until July 1917. He was discharged in September 1917 as physically unfit for war service and was awarded the 1914/15 Star British War Medal and Victory Medal, he was almost 50 years old.

Thomas Henry Astle, 52nd (Grad) Bn Notts and Derbys Regiment , 52619
Thomas was born at Hartshorne, Derbyshire the son of Clara Astle, and enlisted in May 1918, stating his age as 18 years and 1 month and his occupation as Miner. His last employer was Mr. Leigh, a Farmer of Greysitch Farm, Bretby. Thomas was discharged in December 1918, as surplus to military requirements.

Thomas Henry Astle, West Riding Regiment, 54796, Private
Thomas was born c. 1900. He enlisted in April 1918 aged 18 years and three months. He was medically discharged in July 1918 aged 20years 317 days.

Thomas William Astle, Royal Fusiliers, G8/66757, Private
Thomas was born c1898 in Liverpool, the son of Thomas and Margaret Astle. He died on the 7th August 1917 aged 19. he is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial. Thomas was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Tom Astle, Cheshire Regiment, 45641, Private
Tom was born c1887, and married Ethel Grant on 3rd December 1914. He was a Bricklayer’s Labourer when he enlisted in June 1916. Tom served in France from January 1917 until he was wounded on 23rd October 1917. Tom was discharged in December 1919, and was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

William Astle, 6th Battalion West Riding Regiment (Territorial), 517, Private
William was born c1887 at Glusburn near Keighley Yorkshire, the son of Edmund Astle and Mary Holmes. He served in the Territorial Force for 5 years from 1908-1913.

William Astle, Kings Own Scottish Borderers, 3251, Private
(A confusing set of documents which include some in the name of John Green. William enlisted at Derby in June 1889, claiming to be of Ticknall and aged 18 years 2 months. He appears to have deserted the KOSBs in November 1890, and it is not clear whether he returned. The next of kin is recorded as his father George Astle of Ticknall, although this doesn’t seem to be correct. The records for John Green also deal with desertion, but are these intended to be the same man or is it a mix up??).

William Astle, 2nd Bn. Grenadier Guards,15196, Private
William was born in 1891 at Derby, the son of Frederick Astle and Amelia Thompson. William enlisted on 27 March 1911 and was killed on 14 Sptember 1914 at Soupir, France and is remembered on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre memorial.

William Astle, 1st/4th Bn. Cheshire Regiment, 292806, Private
William died on 26th October 1918 and is buried at the Moorseele Military Cemetery. He was the former husband of Mrs Mary Benson of 74, Union Street, Sandbach, Cheshire. It is likley this was the marriage of William Astle to Mary Boyd in the December quarter of 1913 in the Congleton Registration District.

William Astle, Lancashire Fusiliers/Labour Corps,17360/219853, Corporal
William was born in 1875 at Birkenhead. He married Mary Jane Sandys on 18 August 1895. He enlisted initially as a reservist in August 1914 aged 39 years and 11 months, and declares one year 337 days former service with the 3rd Battalion the Cheshire Regiment. He is enlisted again on 1st February 1915 with the 3rd Salford Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Over Christmas 1915, he is attached for duty at the Swan Hunter Shipyard. It appears from his brief records that he was discharged in February 1918. William was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

William Astle, D Battery 83rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, 44666, Gunner
William died on 21 March 1918 in action and is remembered on the Pozieres memorial. His father was George Astle of 9, Bank Terrace, Silver Street, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.

William Astle, 15th/17th Bn. Prince of Wales Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment, 18/1238, Corporal.
William died on the 19th July 1918 and is buried at Merville Communal Cemetery. It is likely he was the son of Edmund Astle and Mary Holmes and was born in 1887 at Glusburn, Yorkshire. He married married Ellen Greenwood in 1910 and they had 5 children, Phyllis, Mar, Nelly, William and Maurice.

William Clipsham Astle, Royal Garrison Artillery, 153457, Gunner
William was born in 1877, the son of John Kingston Astle and Elizabeth Wheelwright. On the 1901 census he is a Solicitor’s Clerk which was also his employment when he enlisted on 9th December 1915. He was married to Ellen Beatrice Blunt in 1906, and his service record indicates they had children although they were not named. William was a reservist until March 1917, and was deployed with the BEF on 11 October 1917 where he served until the end of the war. William was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

William Edwin Astle, Army Service Corps, 228235, Private
William was born in 1895 at Wichnor, Staffordshire the son of Edwin Astle and Emma Peach. William was a Waggoner when enlisted in the Army Service Corps in 1916. He served in the East, probably in Turkey although this appears to have been after the war in Europe was over. His record shows that he had problems with his feet which eventually led to his discharge in 1919.

William Leslie Astle, 6th South Staffordshire Regiment, Lance Sergeant, 2824
William was born in 1890 at Wolverhampton the son of William Charles Astle and Louisa Tonks. William was presumed killed on or after 13 October 1915. He is remembered on the Loos Memorial.

William Weston Astle, Sherwood Foresters, 20382, Private
William was born in 1879 at Hednesford, Staffordshire the son of Thomas Astle and Eliza Cooper. On the 1901 census he is a Coal Miner living at Armitage near Rugeley Staffordshire. William married Elizabeth Beck in 1906 at Grantham Lincolnshire, and at enlistment in December 1914 they living in Mansfield with their three children. William was discharged in February 1915 as he suffered from muscular dystrophy caused by an accident two years before where an artery was severed above the elbow joint causing his fingers to contract.

William’s parents and siblings emigrated to the U.S.A. And his brothers John Herbert, Thomas Albert, Fred, Ernest and Walter all volunteered for the draft in the U.S.A.