|Place of birth||Hay, New South Wales|
|Address||McCauley Street, East Hay, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||23|
|Next of kin||Father, John Ashley, McCauley Street, East Hay, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||30th Battalion, D Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/47/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||14th Field Artillery Brigade|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Belgium|
|Age at death||24|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Family/military connections||Brother: 586 Pte James Alfred ASHLEY, 2nd Bn, killed in action, 6-9 August 1915.|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.
Transferred to 5th Division Artillery and taken on strength, 15th Field Artillery Brigade, 15 March 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 7 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 15 June 1916.
Transferred to 14th Field Artillery Brigade, 23 January 1917.
Wounded in action, 9 April 1917 (gun shot wound, right arm); admitted to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 12 April 1917; transferred to 2nd Convalescent Depot, 14 April 1917; rejoined unit, 19 May 1917.
Proceeded on leave, 15 September 1917; rejoined from leave, 27 September 1917.
Killed in action, 1 October 1917.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, ASHLEY Colin Joseph|