James Ashton (Royal Navy officer)

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James Ashton
Born 1883
Died 30 December 1951
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Rank Rear Admiral
Battles/wars First World War, Second World War
Awards DSO

Rear Admiral James Ashton DSO (1883–1951) was a senior Royal Navy officer.

Naval career

Born in 1883, James Ashton was educated at Bedford School and at the Royal Naval Engineering College, Devonport. He served in the Royal Navy during the First World War and was invested as a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order in 1917.[1] He was appointed as Aide-de-camp to King Edward VIII in 1936, and served at the Admiralty during the Second World War.[2]

Rear Admiral James Ashton died on 30 December 1951, aged 68.[3]


  1. ^ https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30285/supplement/9536/data.pdf
  2. ^ Who's Who
  3. ^ Obituary, The Times, 1 January 1952, p.8
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