When war was declared Harry received his call up papers and went off to Woolwich to report for duty. As a driver for the artillery he would have been responsible for moving the guns and munitions. On the 15th September 1914 he landed in France. He saw action throughout the first two years of fighting and was one of the lucky ones who never received any wounds. His luck ran out on the 15th September 1916, exactly two years after landing in France. He was killed by an exploding shell near Mametz.
“Sympathy is felt for Mrs Clara Ashley, Thetford Road, who has received a letter informing her that her son, Driver Harry Ashley, has been killed in action by a shell. He was 42 years of age, and leaves a widow and two children in London.”