William Ash: War of the Golden Stool

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William Ash: War of the Golden Stool

Postby IanC » 20 Feb 2011 17:32

Hi

I was wondering if anyone has any info on William Ash, who was appointed as Telegraph Foremen to the Gold Coast and arrived there in June 1900 and was sent with the expedition for the relief of Coomassio? to ensure commuications with the coast.

William died in 1915 from wounds received on the Western Front and is buried in Fenny Stratford cemetery (now part of Milton keynes). I have recently been contacted by his Gt. Nephew from Australia and am trying to build on the information we have on him.

Regards

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Re: William Ash: War of the Golden Stool

Postby crimea1854 » 22 Feb 2011 12:40

Hi Ian

Found William Ash on the Ashanti (1901) medal roll, but as a no clasp medal. The clasp, had he been entitled to it, would have been 'Kumassi'.

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Re: William Ash: War of the Golden Stool

Postby IanC » 25 Feb 2011 18:43

Cheers Martin
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Re: William Ash: War of the Golden Stool

Postby Peter Ewart » 25 Feb 2011 21:18

He should never have gone there. With his surname, he should have realised that the locals were already very much against him. No wonder the campaign so quickly followed his arrival. (Afficionados of this conflict have long understood the real cause of the 1901 Ash Anti campaign, despite efforts to conceal it with the introduction of nomenclature such as Asante and Ashantee).

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