William Ashcroft
William Ashcroft


Service: Army

Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders 7th Battalion - Ross-shire Buffs, Duke of Albany's

Rank: Major

Service number: 93607

Born in Newton Mearns on 24th December 1904, son of Thomas and Janet Reid Ashcroft of Low Row Netherplace, Newton Mearns, William graduated Bachelor of Science from the University of Glasgow in 1929. In 1931, he was appointed as Headmaster of Clackmarras School in Morayshire and the following year was appointed Headmaster of Urquhart School. He married Margaret Spalding Anderson in Glasgow in 1932 and had two sons William Alexander and Thomas.

Major Ashcroft was called up as a Territorial and was Officer Commanding D Company of the 7th Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders. He was killed, aged 39 in Normandy in the battle for Cheux on 28 June 1944 along with two other officers of the battalion. He is buried in St. Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, Grave reference VI. D. 9 and is also commemorated on the Urquhart War Memorial in Morayshire.

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