Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Private James Aspley
1st and 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
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Commemorated on the plaque at the Roman Catholic Church, James Henry Herbert Aspley was born on 16th March 1895 in Winchester, Hampshire, to Henry Herbert and Annie Agnes Aspley. His father served with the Rifle Brigade from 1883, and as a result the family moved often. Henry was discharged from the army shortly after James was born, and died only four years later in 1899 in Birmingham. By this time the family were living in the Birmingham Workhouse and the three boys (James, Charles and George) were sent by the Birmingham Board of Guardians to the St Paul’s Home, Coleshill. James was baptised on 24th June 1903 in Coleshill, along with his two younger brothers. In 1911 James was living at the Catholic Working Boys’ Home, Moseley Road, Birmingham, and working as a lampmaker. James Aspley enlisted in the Worcestershire Regiment at Birmingham (service number 13266) on the 6th July 1913. He first served in Western Europe on 12th August 1914, with the 1st Worcestershire Regiment and then in D Company of the 3rd Battalion of the same regiment. Private Aspley was killed in action at Lindenhock on 27th November 1914, aged 19 years. His Battalion war diary for that day records ‘Some shelling. I killed, 3 wounded.’ He was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star, British War and Allied Victory medals and is recorded on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
information from army register of soldiers effects 1901-1929 James H H Aspley, a payment of £1 19 5 was made to Annie mother, brothers Charles and George and sister Annie received a payment of £1 19 5 each and a extra £5 was paid to mother Annie on 21 March 1919
Jimmy did not serve with 1st battalion - it was in Egypt when war was declared and did not reach France (Le Havre) until 9th November 1914. Jimmy crossed the Channel with 3/Worcestershire in August 1914. He died near Pack Horse Farm Shrine Cemetery just two weeks after 1/Worcestershire reached France with 8th Division. Although his battalion (3rd Worcs)served with various Brigades and under several Divisions, Jimmy died with 3rd Battalion.