Albert Ashby was born at Bedmond in the Spring of 1877, one of seven children born to Thomas and Elizabeth Ashby. On 29th May 1896, at the age of 19 he enlisted with the Royal Fusiliers at Hounslow, and for the next four years served abroad in the East Indies and Burma. From 28th May 1908 he was posted to the Army Reserve. His Army Record showed that his conduct was very good, and that he desired employment as a foot-man or waiter after discharge from the Army. During service he had qualified with a first class certificate in Telegraphy, and was a first class shot.
In January 1907 he married Alice Maud Webb at Watford, and at some point after discharge gained employment at the Asylum in Leavesden. In the 1911 Census he was shown employed as an Attendant at the Asylum, and was living at 70 Adrian Road, with his wife Maud and two children. The Abbots Langley Parish Magazine reported that a third child, a second son, was born on 30th September 1914.
The Parish Magazine Roll of Honour recorded in the December 1915 edition that Albert was serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). He was listed with this unit throughout the War until December 1918, in the Parish Roll of Honour. After the Armistice in November 1918, Albert remained in the Army, and was listed in the Absent Voter Lists in Autumn 1918 and Spring 1919, serving with the RAMC, with the rank of Corporal, and giving his home address at 70 Adrian Road, Abbots Langley.
Albert’s nephews Walter, Lewis and Thomas Ashby, all served in the Great War. Thomas died as the result of wounds in September 1914, very early in the War, whilst Lewis was killed in action on the Somme in February 1917.
Albert Ashby survived the War.