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1121, Private Henry ASH — 11th Hussars


Born in Linlithgow, near Edinburgh, c.1820-1823.

Enlisted at Hounslow in 1842.

Death & burial

Death registered

Henry Ash, aged 58, December Quarter 1880, Basford, Notts.

His death certificate shows that he died at Cossall, Nottingham, on the 5th of December 1880, aged 58 years, a Yeoman, from "Pneumonia, 7 Days". A J. J. Fritchley, also of Cossall, was present at, and the informant of, his death. [PB: This would appear to be Henry Ash's step-daughter's husband. What would "Yeoman" have meant at this time?]

(There is a copy of the death certificate in the 11th Hussars "Certificates" file.)

From the "Deaths" column of the Ilkeston Pioneer, 16th of December 1880:

"On the 5th inst. at Cossall, Mr. Henry Ash, late Sergeant in the 11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars, aged 58 years."

Saturday 8th January 1881: the <i>Derby Daily Telegraph</i> and the <i>Nottingham Evening Post</i> carried virtually identical notices of Henry Ash's death. Click to enlarge.

On Saturday 8th January 1881 the Derby Daily Telegraph and the Nottingham Evening Post carried virtually identical notices of Henry Ash's death (though the former, shown above, slightly garbled the story by misplacing the word "rode").

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The death is announced of Sergeant Henry Ash, of Cossall, Ilkeston. Deceased attended at Colchester upon Earl Cardigan at a review of his regiment, the 11th Hussars, as orderly, and was mounted on his favourite charger, which heat the battle of Balaclava. The sergeant, since his rode retirement from the army, has been in delicate health, and ultimately succumbed to pleurisy and inflammation. He embarked for the Crimea in 1854, and was present at the taking of Sebastopol. He was in the army 24 years, and the mare on which he had ridden so often was presented to him by the officers of the regiment on his retirement.

[Source: Nottingham Evening Post, 8th January 1881.]

He was buried in St. Catherine's churchyard at Cossall, near Ilkeston. A substantial headstone was erected, with a relief carving of crossed sabres [partly draped by ?].

Photograph of Henry Ash's headstone in St. Catherine's churchyard, Cossall, near Ilkeston. Photograph of Henry Ash's headstone in St. Catherine's churchyard, Cossall, near Ilkeston. Click to enlarge.

Henry Ash's headstone in St. Catherine's churchyard, Cossall, near Ilkeston. (Photographs by EJB, 1980s? (left), and Peter Cave, 2014? (right))

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"In loving & affectionate remembrance of

Henry Ash, of Cossall, Late Sergeant in the 11th Prince Albert's Own Hussars.

Also Orderly to Lord Raglan through the whole of the Crimean War who died Dec. 5th 1880, aged 58 years.

Also Eliza, wife of the above, who died March 14th 1882, aged 49 years.

"Not my will, but thine be done."

Erected by their only daughter, wife of J.J. Fritchley."

There is a photograph (by EJB) of Henry Ash's gravestone in the 11th Hussar file (above).

References & acknowledgements

In March 2014, the EJBA was contacted by Peter Cave, website manager of Ilkeston & District Local History Society (www.ilkestonhistory.org.uk). We are very grateful to him for providing a considerable amount of information that has enabled a more vivid and precise reconstruction of the lives of Henry Ash, both father and son — and indeed for the obituary for his horse "Kitty".

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