Rank: Second Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps (later merged with the Royal Naval Air Service to form the Royal Air Force on 1st April 1918)
Regiment: RAF 8th Squadron West Ridings
George Gilbert Ashton was born on the 19th November 1894 in Cottingham, East Yorkshire, England. He was the son of Charles William Ashton and Mary Hannah Lawson, a plumber and ironmonger, of 11 Linden Avenue, Cottingham, Hull, UK.
He enlisted in Hull on the 16th November 1914, aged 20 years, as a private in the 4th & 5th East Yorkshire Reserve Battalions and undertook training in Ripon, North Yorkshire.
He was posted to France on the 28th July 1915 and received bullet wounds to his hand, wrist and head, resulting in him returning to England 5 days later. Once recovered from injury he was promoted to Second Lieutenant and transferred into the Royal Air Force, upon its creation. Second Lieutenant George Gilbert Ashton’s plane was shot down during a reconnaissance mission and he was killed in action on the 23rd July 1918 age 23 years. He is buried in Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, France in Plot IX, Row D, Grave 7. His name is also recorded on the Cottingham WW1 Memorial and the Hull Technical College Memorial.