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Date of Birth
17 May 1884
Date of Death
12 Sep 1916
War time / or Pre War occupation
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World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Bombardier Charles William Asbury, 33560, 39th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, was killed in action on September 12th, 1916, on the Somme. He was aged 32.
Born in Harlington, he became an assistant porter with the Midland Railway at Flitwick in 1899 when aged 15. He attested as a 20-year-old with the R.F.A. in 1904 and served in India before joining the Reserve.
At the time of the 1911 Census, Charles was a visitor at 134 Ridgway Road, Luton, the home of the Carter family and their daughter Millie Cornell Carter, who Charles would marry at St Thomas's Church, Stopsley, on May 11th, 1912. The couple had a daughter, Frances May, born the following October.
Charles was a clerk in the Territorial Force Office at Bedford, but, as a reservist, was called up at the outbreak of war and at once sent to France. He received only one period of leave, about a year before his death.
The Carter family, including Millie and her child, had moved to live in Colin Road, Luton, when the news arrived from the War Office of Bombardier Asbury's death.