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Charles Frederick Ashworth

Servicenumber : 156502
Rank : Major
Regiment : The Parachute Regiment
Unit : 10th Battalion
Date of Death : Between 20-09-1944 and 21-09-1944
Age : 35
Grave : Plot 5. Row D. Grave 11.
Charles Frederick Ashworth was a son of Lt.-Col. Hugh Stirling Ashworth, killed in action in Egypt, 26 march 1917, and Elsie M. Ashworth.
Ashworth landed on Ginkel Heath on 18 september 1944. Around 04.30 on 19 september the 10th Battalion moved towards the crossing of the Amsterdamsweg and the Dreyenseweg. The HQ Company dug in near the Leeren Doedel. On 20 september the 10th Battalion pulled back to Oosterbeek through Wolfheze and a culvert near Wolfheze.  
Ashworth was the commanding officer of HQ company. According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Ashworth was wounded on 20 september 1944 while standing up in a universal carrier on Utrechtseweg near Van Lennepweg. According to the book 'Universal Carriers during the Battle of Arnhem' (Philip Reinders) 'a small convoy of three jeeps and trailers carrying machine-gun sections drove out of the gates of the Hartenstein Hotel. This convoy was led by Major Ashworth. Some sources say there were also 2 universal carriers in the convoy. When they left the ground of the Hartenstein they turned left down the main street, towards the Koude Herberg. Two privates of 18 platoon of D Company were sitting in one of the jeeps. They saw dug in troops waving and cheering at them and they at first thought it was meant as a friendly send-off. Only a short moment later they realised they had misinterpreted the signals and that they had crossed the perimeter and were in no-man land. At that moment the Germans really hit them. The carrier driver was hit immediately. As the carrier slewed across the road and stopped, I saw Major Ashworth stand up as if to get out, but a burst of fire hit him and he just toppled over
Charles Frederick Ashworth was given a field burial in the 'Onder de bomen' General Cemetery in Renkum. 
Picture: 23-09-2012
 
Sources: Website CWGC, 'Universal Carriers during the Battle of Arnhem' and Roll of Honour

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