QSA (3) Cape Colony, Transvaal, South Africa 1902 (Capt & Adjt: W. C. C. Ash. Midd.x Rgt:)
DSO London Gazette 14 January 1916.
William Claudius Casson Ash was born in Marylebone, in 1870, and was educated at Haberdashers and Westminster School. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Middlesex Regiment in September 1892, advanced to Lieutenant in July 1895, and to Captain in March 1900. Ash served as Adjutant with the 5th (Special Reserve) Battalion from 13 January 1902.
Ash played cricket whilst serving in the Army, and also played for Old Westminsters, Free Foresters, the Butterflies and Berkshire. He was a member of the MCC from 1896, and served on the Committee of Middlesex County Cricket Club.
Ash advanced to Major in April 1909, and served during the Great War with the 23rd (Service) Battalion, Middlesex Regiment (2nd Football) on the Western Front. He was wounded at Loos, 25 September 1915, and advanced to Temporary Lieutenant Colonel the following month.
Lieutenant Colonel Ash died of wounds which he had received in action at Flers, 29 September 1916. He is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, and commemorated on the Mill Hill War Memorial.