World War 2 (1939 - 1945)


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William Gilmour Ashcroft

Service: Army
Regiment: 7th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's)
Rank: Major
Service number: 93607

William was born in Newton Mearns on 24 December 1904, son of Thomas and Janet Reid Ashcroft of Low Row, Netherplace, Newton Mearns, William graduated Bachelor of Science from the University of Glasgow in 1929. In 1931, he was appointed as Headmaster of Clackmarras School in Morayshire and the following year was appointed Headmaster of Urquhart Public School. He married Margaret Spalding Anderson in Glasgow in 1932 and had two sons, William Alexander and Thomas.

Major Ashcroft was called up as a Territorial and was Officer Commanding D Company of the 7th Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders. He was killed, aged 39, in Normandy in the battle for Cheux on 28 June 1944 along with two other officers of the battalion. He is buried in St. Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux - Grave reference VI. D. 9 and is also commemorated on the Urquhart War Memorial in Morayshire.

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