2/Lieutenant Thomas Ashworth.

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9th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment.

Awarded the Military Cross in the London Gazette of * * 1919.

Ashworth was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.

The Burnley Express of 18 January 1919 reported: - GRAMMER SCHOOL BOY WINS M.C. In the London Gazette of last Saturday appeared a long list of soldiers who have been decorated for deeds of gallantry and devotion to duty on the battlefield. Amongst them was 2/Lieutenant Tom Ashworth, 9th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment, son of Mr. James Ashworth, of Messrs. Grimshaw, Church Street. While on night patrol fourteen Germans, an officer and two guns were captured, and it was for his conduct in this affair that he has been decorated with the Military Cross. 2/Lieutenant Ashworth is an old Grammar School boy, and in November 1914, he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, under Doctor Callam, at the age of 19, and went to France in 1917. Returning to England in April, he became a cadet in the Royal Flying Corps, but after a while, owing to defective hearing, he was transferred to the infantry and underwent training at Bedford, and passing his examinations was appointed to the Duke of Wellington's Regiment. The fact that Lieutenant Ashworth has been awarded the Military Cross was communicated by an officer in a birthday congratulation letter.