WW1 Officers Plaque & Trio. 2nd Lieutenant James Ashton Black. 16th Northumberland (Newcastle Commercials) & DLI. Wounded Somme. KIA 1st Day Spring Offensive. Aged 22


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A very interesting officers group .

Memorial Plaque named to Ashton Black.

1915 star 16. 364 pte a Black North d fus .

Bwm and victory 2 lieut a Black.

James Ashton Black born 1895 at Newcastle on Tyne,  Northumberland.

Educated Newcastle modern school .

1911 a school boy living at the family home 19 North terrace,  Newcastle upon Tyne.

He was one of the 1st to volunteer in Newcastle joining the 16th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers ( the 1st Newcastle Commercials) in August 1914 as a private.

He entered France 22nd November 1915 .

His Battalion taking part in 1st battle of the Somme and James suffering slight wounds .

Commisioned 26th December 1916 .

He was commisioned in to the Durham light infantrys 3rd battalion but attached to the 2nd Battalion.

He was killed in action on 21st of March 1918 during 1st day of the German spring offensive.

A shell landing In the trench he was in near morchies about 6 miles north east of bapaume according to the report from Lance cpl Wilkinson of 2nd dli who witnessed the incident .


Although his full name was James Ashton Black it seems he enlisted as just Ashton Black.

Comes with copy  printouts of his information , photo of him and his grave etc .




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