Albert Thomas (James) Asling

Text and Research by Tatsfield History Project

The son of James Asling, Private Asling was born in Battersea in 1883 and enlisted at Finsbury.

Private 6683 Asling served in the 8th Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), which was formed at Hounslow in 1914 and was in France from May 1915.

He was killed on 24th August 1915.  He is buried at Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension, France Grave II A 7.

The village of Houplines was briefly occupied by German forces as they advanced northward toward the channel ports in early October 1914. It was retaken by the British 4th Division later that month. Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension was established, as ‘Houplines New Military Cemetery’, in October 1914 and used, mostly by the men of the 4th and 6th Divisions, until January 1916.

His name appears on the memorial plaque in St Mary’s Church, Tatsfield, as does that of his brother George, who was killed in the Middle East in November of the same year.

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