Born in 1879 Asa can be found on the 1881 census living with his parents Benjamin and Susannah at 13 Dolphin, Queensbury. Moving forward to 1901, the now aged 22 Asa, is living at Mutton Pits Farm, Queensbury and is a stone mason by trade, his mother who is recorded as a farmer is now widowed. It is believed that Asa had five siblings, two older and two younger brothers and a younger sister. Although his mother and siblings are recorded on the 1911 census Asa hasn’t been traced, a document from 1910 does show an Asa Jowett living at 22 Alma Street.
Asa served in the 2nd Battalion. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment and it is to be presumed that he had some pre-war service as he was called back to the Colours and sent to France in the first months of the war. He died of wounds, sustained in a gas attack in the trenches close to Ypres, on 5th May 1915.
Asa, who was aged 36, has no known grave and is commemorated on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL (Panel 20). The CWGC show his mother living at 20, Newhouse Lane, Clayton Heights. He is commemorated on the Clayton Heights war memorial.
Arthur TOWNSLEY served in the same Battalion and died as the result of the gas attack on 5th May, he too is commemorated on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL.