A mystery for quite some time this cabinet photograph is a portrait Captain Frederic Ellis Ashton of the York and Lancaster

Ashton was born in 1867 in Flintshire, Wales the son of Charles Ellis Ashton a member of the Liverpool stock exchange and his
wife Mary Caroline Shand. He was educated at Eaton.

Ashton was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the 6th Battalion, the King's Royal Rifle Corps on 19 February, 1887.

2nd Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps - 1 July, 1889
2nd Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, the York and Lancaster Regiment - 28 June, 1890
Lieutenant - 27 November, 1894
Captain - 26 July, 1901
Adjutant, 2nd Vol. Battalion, the York and Lancaster Regiment - 19 June, 1902
Major - 2 June, 1909
Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, 6th Battalion, the York and Lancaster Regiment - c. 1914
Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers - 20 February, 1916
Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, the York and Lancaster Regiment - 16 January, 1919

As a Lieutenant during the Anglo-Boer War Aston commanded B Company of the 1st Battalion, the Yorks and Lancaster
Regiment in Natal. Promoted to captain while on active duty Aston received a Mention in Despatches from General Roberts on 4
September 1901. He was entitled to the Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps for "Cape Colony", Orange Free State",
"Transvaal" and "Laign's Nek".

During World War one Ashton again received a Mention in Despatches and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order on
2 June, 1918 for military operations in Egypt. In addition to the DSO, Ashton was entitled to the British War and Victory Medals.
Since his entire war service was in the Egyptian and Salonika theaters of operations we was not entitled to either of the star

Ashton married Alexandra Shirreff Abercromby of Cape Town, South Africa, the daughter of Alexander Abercromby in 1896.
The had at least two children: Nicholas Charles Ellis Ashton, b. 1904 and Gladys Lilian.

Frederic Ellis Ashton died on 31 May, 1949.

Cabinet Photograph
Robertson - Photographer
Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
c. 1902