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Thomas Philip Ashby

Thomas Philip Ashby

Date of Birth

12 October 1888


Borough Road College

WW1 rank

Motor Cyclist, 1653 Squadron, Royal Navy Air Service, later Petty Officer

Private, Royal Flying Corps (R.A.F.)

Royal Sussex Regiment, 7th Battalion

Theatre of war


Date of death

5 September 1918


Peronne Communal Cemetery, France (Grave/Memorial reference: V. M. 18)


Thomas Philip Ashby was the son of Thomas H. Ashby and attended Borough Road College for two years, in addition to his academic studies he represented the college in rugby. He enlisted in September 1914, initially joining the Royal Navy Air Service as a Motor Cyclist in 1653 Squadron. He later became petty officer. Ashby then transferred to the Royal Flying Corps (later becoming the RAF) as a private and was later commissioned on 25 January 1917. He then transferred to the Army 7th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. Ashby was 29 when he died on 5 September 1918.


Mentioned on Framed Borough Road College Roll of Honour, BFSS/2/9/14/4, Borough Road College 1906 applications, Borough Road College 1906 applications, Secondary source information provided by Douglas Craik (taken from Commonwealth War Graves Commission and The National Archives, Officer records), 1910 Annual Report