Military Cross for Market Deeping rector

The Rev P O Ashby and Mrs Ashby outside Buckingham Palace in 1916.
The Rev P O Ashby and Mrs Ashby outside Buckingham Palace in 1916.
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Market Deeping rector the Rev P O Ashby and Mrs Ashby were photographed outside Buckingham Palace in 1916.

Mr Ashby, chaplain to the Lincolns, had been decorated by the King with the Military Cross for “conspicuous bravery at Ypres”.

The report stated: “At one period Mr Ashby, who has done such good service as chaplain to the Lincolns, was in the trenches for eight weeks without a break.”

The photograph had appeared originally in the Daily Graphic.

The other local man to receive high military honours in 1916 was Liet-Colonel Edward Hilliam, son of Mrs Hilliam, of Cowbit Road, Spalding, who was serving with the Canadian Contingent at the front. He was with the Canadian troops in their “historic fight and charge” near Ypres.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO).