John Henry Asher

First Name: 
John
Middle Name: 
Henry
Last Name: 
Asher
Mother's Name: 
Hannah Asher (nee Drew)
Father's Name: 
Daniel Asher
Date Enlisted: 
Friday, August 20, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Lieutenant
Unit: 
11th Field Artillery Brigade
Company: 
43rd Battery
Service: 
Artillery
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Sunday, September 2, 1917
Place of Death: 
Bailleul, France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

John Asher (Service No 1189) was born around 1890 at Hurstville, N.S.W. When he enlisted John 24 years old, married, and working as a school teacher at Dapto, N.S.W. His wife Maisie Heath Asher was listed as next of kin.

John embarked on SS Hawkes Bay with the 6th Reinforcement, 12th light horse, on 21st October 1915. After arriving in Egypt he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and transferred to 11th field artillery brigade on 27th March 1916.

John saw service on the Western Front. On 21st October 1916 he was again promoted this time to Lieutenant.

On 2nd September 1917 while he was at a restaurant in Bailleul, France, with another officer and a number of civilians an enemy aircraft came over the area and dropped a number of bombs, one hit the building causing a wall to fall on him. Although help was immediate nothing could be done for John as his neck had been broken. A number of civilians were also killed in the bombing.

John was buried with full military honours at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Plot III, Row E, Grave 208.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, ASHER J H

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