Date of birth:
Parents: Thomas and Elizabeth Ashmore
Wife: Lucy Sarah Ashmore (nee Green)
Address: 5 Humphris Street, Emscote
Occupation: Career with Royal Navy
Ernest Thomas Isaac Ashmore was born in Warwick in 1881 and baptised at All Saints, Emscote, on 15th September 1881, the son of Thomas and Ellen Ashmore. His father was a railway engine driver and the family lived in Humphris Street, Warwick.
Ernest enlisted in the Royal Navy in 1902 as a Stoker. His first ship was the Crescent, which was attached to the Cape Station. He was later appointed to the submarine service for five years. He married Lucy Sarah Green on 4th July 1914, at St. Nicholas Church, Kenilworth, when his occupation is given as Coastguard at Dungeness, Lydd, Kent. Their daughter Ivy born in 1915.
Rank & Number: Stoker 1st Class, 301367
Regiment/Service: H M Submarine H5, Royal Navy
Date of death: Saturday, March 02, 1918
Cause of death/Battle: Drowned in the Irish Sea
Commemorated/Buried: Portsmouth Naval War Memorial
Awards: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: All Saints Church, All Saints School, Kenilworth War Memorial
Ernie, ‘when home on leave in June 1915, gave the reporter of the Coventry Herald a glimpse into the work of the torpedo boat destroyers which were constantly conveying troops to the shores of France. He said he would prefer a ‘scrap’ now and again just to enliven the monotony and added that they never expected to see a German ship now, although if one did come they would be prepared to give it a warm welcome. He had previously been in the submarine service and was expecting to be recalled to that branch of the Navy very soon.
He was later transferred to the submarine service and drowned in HM Submarine H5 in the Irish Sea on 2nd March 1918. The submarine was based at Donegal Bay and was patrolling the Irish Sea when she was rammed by the British merchantman Rutherglen, mistaken for a German U-boat. All on board perished including US Navy Lt. Earle Wayne Freed Childs from the American submarine AL-2 who was acting as an observer. He became the first US submariner to lose his life in the First World War. None of the relatives were told the fate of the H-5. There was never a commemoration service for any of the crew, the only recorded commemoration of the crew of H5 was on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Relatives were eventually told in 2001 that it was the Rutherglen who had rammed the vessel, and a commemoration service was held on 2nd March 2002, (eighty-four years to the day H-5 was lost) in Holyhead, Anglesey, North Wales, some ten miles from the wreck site, which is now designated as a controlled site under the Protection of Military Remains Act. A plaque commemorating the 26 who died was dedicated on Armed Forces Day 2010. It is located in the Holyhead Maritime Museum.‘ (courtesy of Susan Tall and Michael Beck)
- Narrative and photographs courtesy of Susan Tall and Michael Beck
- Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwick County Record Office