Born at Bury, Lancashire, c.1830, the son of John Ashton, a Bricklayer.
Robert Ashton died on the 22nd of February 1901, aged 74, and was buried in Brompton Cemetery, Compartment A.A. A stone was erected over his grave, but is now  very worn.
According to his family (see below), Robert Ashton ended his days at 2, Carlisle Place, Victoria Street, London.
The inscription on the lower part of the stone reads:
"In loving memory of Robert Ashton, who fell asleep February 22nd 1901, aged 74 years. One of the survivors of the Light Brigade, late 11th Hussars. Loved and respected by all who knew him."
The upper part of the stone, much of which is now indecipherable, refers to his first wife, Elizabeth, and a reference to "Dear Fred, who passed away."
(There is photograph of the stone in the 11th Hussar file.)