ASCOUGH Clarence

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JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY. Image courtesy of B Stables.

Clarence ASCOUGH

Son of Fred and Ellen Ascough, of Queensbury. Clarence served in the Royal Artillery as a Bombardier in 320 Battery, 93rd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment. Clarence died on 3rd October 1944, aged 23.

He is buried at JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY, Netherlands.

320 Battery had landed in France on D-Day (6th June 1944) quickly digging in and providing air defence for the landing sectors.

They served in the Normandy area until the end of August when the British army broke out from the Normandy beachhead and began to pursue the defeated German troops across Northern France.

320 Battery are known to have guarded the river crossings of the Seine and their sister Battery, 321, guarded the bridges of Nijmegen captured during Operation Market Garden.  It is to be presumed from the location of his burial that Clarence was serving close to Nijmegen at the time of his death.

The inscription on his headstone reads:  “While he rests in peaceful sleep his memory, we always keep. Dad and family”.