Ken Ashworth

Broughton House Resident: June 2017 – December 2020

Born; 7th September 1923

Brought up; High Town, Cheetham, Lancashire

Age at signing up: 19
Rank: Anti Aircraft Gunner
Ken Ashworth, at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester
Ken Ashworth

Early Life; From school Ken went into the textile and printing industries as a machine minder. At the same time, before he was old enough for military service, Ken volunteered for the Home Guard, attached to the Manchester Regiment and was deployed on antilooting patrols during the blitzon Manchester. 1940/41 

Enlisted; Royal Field Artillery, 2nd July 1942, Queens Rd. Manchester 

Initial Training 2nd July 1942; Posted to No 8 Primary Training Centre (PTC) Beverley, East Yorkshire 12th August 1942; Transferred to the Royal Artillery (RA) and posted to No. 10 Light AntiAircraft (LAA) Training Regiment. Beverley, East Yorkshire 

Specialist Training; AntiAircraft Gunner 

Ken Ashworth, celebrating VE Day

16th February 1947; Discharged whilst on active service in Greece


1939/45 Star Atlantic Star with France and Germany clasp Africa Star Italy Star Defence Medal 1939/45 War Medal 

Postwar; British Railways Signaller at Huntsbank, Manchester Victoria Stn. then Controller at Crew

Family; Married Catherine from County Mayo on 28th August 1948 Daughters; Delphine, Catherine Grandchildren; Zaid, Raad, Taigh Great Granddaughter; Mia 

Testimonial from his Commanding Officer; Major H.G.Pearce R.A. Commanding 117th Field Battery R.A

Military Conduct Exemplary. A quiet and conscientious soldier. He has a very fair knowledge of wireless and telegraphy. He has recently been employed as a driver and has proved very competent on vehicles up to 3ton; he has in addition, a fair knowledge of MT maintenance and repair. A hardworking and reliable man”