19 September 1918 : Signaller John Ashworth

John Ashworth was born in Burnley in 1898

His parents were Joseph and Margaret Ashworth.

At the 1901 Census the family comprised: sons Frank (4) and John (2) are living on Woodhouse St, Burnley. Both mother and father are work at the mill. Mother-in-law and sister-in-law lived with the family. 

At the time of the April 1911 Census, and still only 12, John was a part time weaver at the mill while still attending school. With four younger siblings ages 5,3 and 1 mother was at home while the older boys worked at the mill.

84 Waterbarn St, Burnley (c) Google Street View 2020

There were seven in the family, living in the 4 rooms of 84 Waterbarn Street, Burnley.

48 Cleaver St, Burnley and Mill. (c) Google Street View 2020

John enlisted in January 1916 on his 18th birthday. In due course he went out to Salonica in late December 1917. At the time of his death his parents were living here on Cleaver Street, Burnley.

Pension Card for John Ashworth available via member login on Fold3

37152 Signaller John Ashworth

Died of his wounds on this day

John's older brother Frank Ashworth, 3260 RFA, had died 'of disease' early the same year, on 31 May 1918. 


‘John Ashworth’ (1911) England Census return for Burnley, East Ward, Burnley, Lancashire. PRO 24809 Registration District Number 472. Available at Ancestry.co.uk (Accessed 12 July 2017)

Birth, Marriage & Death. Burnley Express 19 October 1918 p.7 Available The British Newspaper Archive (Accessed 18 July 2017).

Census Returns for England 1891, 1901 and 1911.