Henry Clifford Ashman: He was born 17 February 1888 at Shepton Mallet, Somerset, and was christened in Doulting on 13 March 1888 in the Church of England. His parents were Henry Giles, a farmer born in late 1840 at Shepton Mallet in the Clutton district of Somerset, and Sarah Culliford (nee Salvidge; born in late 1852 at East Harptree in the Clutton district of Somerset) Ashman, who had married in the third quarter of 1874 in Mere, Somerset. In 1891, he lived at Long Cross in Shepton Mallet with his family. His brothers and sisters were Leonard, 10, Berkeley, 8, Ernest, 6, Gladys, 4, and Hilda, 1. There were two servants in the family, Ellen Warman, 15, and Thomas Philpott, 19, indicating the family was rather well off. In 1901, the family lived at Shepton Mallet and there was yet another sister in the family; Evelyn May, 7. He had been to Sydney, Australia, and had come to Vancouver in January, 1914. He was a miner and stood 5’6”, had medium complexion, brown hair, and blue eyes. He was a miner at the Teamway (Tramway?) in Butte, Montana. He lived at the home of Harry Nankivelle, 814 East Park Street, Butte. He was en route to Somerset, England, to manage the estates of his family. His father was seriously ill and a brother was at the front. Mr. Ashman survived the sinking of the Lusitania. He died in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, in the third quarter of 1968, aged 80.
’Henry C. Ashman Escaped From Lusitania, According to Message Received Here.
City Ticket Agent M. K. Baysoar of the Northern Pacific yesterday received a message from Agent P. G. Benson of Minneapolis, to the effect that Henry C. Ashman of Butte is among the survivors of the Lusitania. Mr. Ashman was returning to Somersetshire, England, to manage one of his father’s estates while an older son is at the front and during his father’s illness. He had been a resident of Butte for 15 months, living at the home of Harry Nankivell, 841 East Park street. He was employed at the Tramway mine and while a resident of Butte only a short time had many friends in this city who will be pleased to learn of his escape from death. The details of his escape are not known, but Mr. Nankivell is expecting a letter any day explaining the circumstances.’’ (The Butte Miner 18 May 1915, p. 5)
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