Private 15493 Alfred Aston

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Died of Wounds at Sea on Saturday, 7th August 1915, age 19.
Commemorated on Panel 134 to 136 of Helles Memorial, Turkey.

7th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 33rd Brigade of 11th Division.

Son of Isaac and Rebecca Aston, of 46, Hurst Lane, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Unknown.

First landed Balkans, 21st July 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and St. Matthew's memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/680635/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
41 High Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Isaac Aston (51, Cab Driver, born Tipton), his wife Rebecca (46, Dressmaker, born Tipton), and their 8 children: George (22, Moulder, born Tipton), Harold (21, Cab Driver, born Tipton), Harry (20 Canal Boatbuilder, born Tipton), Frank (15, Engine Fitter, born Tipton), Gertrude (13, born Tipton), May (7, born Tipton), Alfred (5, born Tipton), and Maud (3, born Tipton).

1911 Census
46 Hurst Lane, Tipton, Staffs.
Isaac Aston (61, Cab Driver, born Tipton), his wife Rebecca (56, born Tipton), and 6 of their surviving 8 children of 11: Frank S. (25, Cab Driver, born Tipton), Gertrude (23, Dressmaker, born Tipton), May (17, Dressmaker, born Tipton), Alfred (15, Gas Fitter for the Council, born Tipton), Maud (13, born Tipton), and Annie (8, born Tipton).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

On August 6th the 7th South Staffs took part in the landings at 'B' beach Suvla Bay, two days later the 7th South Staffs took part in an attack on Chocolate and Scimitar Hill which went disastrously wrong. The 'History of the 7th South Staffs' reports 400 casualties, this is highly likely as 10 men were killed on the 8th August, and 121 on the 9th August. Alfred Aston died at sea on the 7th August, and may have been wounded during the landing at Suvla Bay.

For details of the subsequent 7th South Staffs action at Gallipoli, see Abraham Braden.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald August 28th 1915
Many Tipton people felt sad when they heard that Private Alfred Aston, of 46 Hurst Lane, a bright young Tipton lad, had died at the Dardanelles of wounds received in action. He was the youngest son of Mr Isaac Aston, and although very young had gained the esteem of all who knew him. He had been an apprentice at the Tipton Gas Works, and was well known in the fitting department. He had been a scholar at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Bell Street. He enlisted in the 7th South Staffs on November 5th, and came home on furlough about nine weeks ago. His death took place on August 7th, which was about 2 or 3 weeks after he landed at the Dardanelles.
Young Aston, who was only twenty last June, had been very energetic in writing letters to his parents and friends in the few days he was privileged to take part in the fighting at the Dardanelles. He was one of the machine gunners. He wrote of a three day battle and of "giving the Turks something." He had sent his Army testament home to a friend.
When he was home on furlough he attended the funeral of a soldier at Tipton Cemetery. His loss was referrred to at the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Sunday last.

Tipton Herald September 4th 1915 (Picture)
This young man, killed in action at the Dardanelles, who joined the 7th South Staffs at the outbreak of the war, was a gasworks employee, and had only just turned 19. The son of Mr and Mrs Isaac Aston, of Hurst Lane, he was an amiable, good-hearted young fellow, beloved by all who knew him.