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 James Thomas Duane Ashworth

James Thomas Duane Ashworth

Birth
Kettering, Kettering Borough, Northamptonshire, England
Death 13 Jun 2012 (aged 23)
Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand, Afghanistan
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown, Specifically: Cremated at Kettering Crematorium
Memorial ID 91964253 · View Source
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Afghanistan Conflict Victoria Cross recipient. Lance Corporal with Reconnaissance Platoon, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, British Army. Aged 23, LCpl Ashworth was raised in Kettering, Northamptonshire and attended school in Corby. He joined the army in 2006 at age 17 and after infantry training, joined Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards for ceremonial duty in London. The 6 foot 8 inch tall soldier then served with distinction for three years in the Guards' Parachute Platoon and moved to The Queen's Company before joining the Reconnaissance Platoon. He deployed on exercises in Belize, Norway, Kenya and Canada, and was on his second tour in Afghanistan. Colleagues described him as an exceptional soldier with proven combat experience who commanded well above his rank. He was passionate about football, playing for his local team at home and for the Battalion, and was also an ardent fan of Tottenham Hotspur. LCpl Ashworth was survived by his parents, two sisters and two brothers. LCpl Ashworth died of wounds from small arms fire and a grenade blast sustained while on patrol in the north of Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand province. His platoon had broken up an insurgent sharpshooter team, and LCpl Ashworth was alone in pursuing the one remaining member. With just enough cover to conceal his prostrate form, LCpl Ashworth inched forward on his belly. Bullets flew over his head as the enemy continued to engage the rest of his team. When he was within five metres of the insurgent's position LCpl Ashworth deliberately crawled out from behind the wall, exposing himself to fire to get a better angle for his throw. He was now in full view of the enemy just metres away, with rounds hitting the floor just centimetres from him. He was preparing to throw the grenade when he was tragically hit by enemy fire. The VC citation states "Despite the ferocity of the insurgent's resistance, Ashworth refused to be beaten. His total disregard for his own safety in ensuring that the last grenade was posted accurately was the gallant last action of a soldier who had willingly placed himself in the line of fire on numerous occasions earlier in the attack. This supremely courageous and inspiring action deserves the highest recognition."

Bio by: Milou


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Milou
  • Added: 15 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 91964253
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Thomas Duane Ashworth (26 May 1989–13 Jun 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 91964253, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown, who reports a Cremated at Kettering Crematorium.