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Thomas Ashton

In memory of:

Trimmer Thomas Ashton

August 13, 1915

Military Service




Merchant Navy


Canadian Merchant Navy


S.S. Royal Edward (Toronto) (125656)

Additional Information

Son of Thomas and Christiana Ashton, of 12 Riches Buildings, Aster Lane, Red Cross St., Bristol.

Requisitioned by the British Admiralty, SS Royal Edward became HMT Royal Edward and was converted into a troop transport. While en route to Gallipoli, Turkey, with about 1,335 British troops, she was torpedoed by UB-14 6 miles (9.5 km) west of the Aegean island of Kandeloussa and sank with 866 men, position 36°31'N/25°51'E.

Commemorated on Page 10 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


London, United Kingdom

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THE TOWER HILL MEMORIAL stands on the South side of the garden of Trinity Square, a hundred yards East of Mark Lane Station, and just within the boundaries of the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney and the Liberty of the Tower. It is at the hub of maritime England. Behind it are Trinity House and the offices of the Port of London Authority, and the Thames stretches before it; the wide space of Great Tower Hill, leading down from it to the river, is the traditional forum of merchant seamen and their fellow workers. Lloyd's is on the North, the Custom House and Billingsgate Market are near it on the West, and beyond the Tower, Eastwards, is the long line of the Docks the greatest dock system in the world.

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