Edward Percy Ashe

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Rear-Admiral Edward Percy Ashe, M.V.O. 4th Class, Royal Navy, Retired (8 April, 1852 – 5 July, 1914) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Ashe was born in Quebec in 1852, the son of Commander E. D. Ashe, Royal Navy.[1] He joined the Royal Navy and became a Naval Cadet on 1 August, 1866, having passed from Mr. Foster's "crammer" at Stubbington House near Fareham. He received his Naval Cadet's certificate on 22 August.

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 30 January, 1877.[2]

On 15 June, 1886, he was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 31.[3]

Ashe was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1891.[4]

On 2 December, 1895 the German Government thanked Ashe for rescuing the crew of the steamer Uruguay after it had wrecked off Cape Fries and conveying them to Rio de Janeiro.[5]

Captain

Ashe was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1899.[6]

In August, 1893, Rear-Admiral Palliser described Ashe as "very good judgment, but slow. Good rifle shot."[7]

On 9 April, 1900 Ashe married Susan Gile, daughter of the late Dr. Daniel Gile of Marblehead, Massachusetts[1] in a ceremony at 310 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.[8]

In 1902, Pearl turned in a bad prize firing effort, earning Ashe the Admiralty's dissatisfaction. In 1903, however, his efforts to refloat the grounded collier Floristan, possibly "at Persia."[9]

At the end of 1904, Ashe commanded the ironclad Simoom, late Monarch, on her journey home from Simon's Bay, South Africa.

On 8 September, 1905, Ashe was appointed a member of the Fourth Class of the Royal Victorian Order on the occasion of King Edward VII's visit to Marienbad.[10]

His tenure as Captain-in-Charge of the Western Coast Guard District ended when, in accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 22 February, 1870, he was placed on the Retired List on 8 April, 1907.[11]

Ashe was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 2 September, 1908.[12] On Saturday 4 July, 1914 he motored from his home "Longwood", near Camberley to Winchester in a motorcycle with a sidecar. On the return journey he was in collision with an automobile at Hartford Bridge Flats, and thrown from the bike to the road. After being taken to Frimley Cottage Hospital he died from his injuries on the morning of 5 July.

Bibliography

  • "Retired Admiral's Death" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 6 July, 1914. Issue 40568, col E, pg. 8.

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M. T.B. 31
15 Jun, 1886[13][14] – 22 Sep, 1886[15]
Succeeded by
Edward M. Hewett
Preceded by
Thomas D. Pratt
Captain of H.M.S. Tweed
1894[16]
Succeeded by
Wyndham Forbes
Preceded by
Reginald R. Neeld
Captain of H.M.S. Beagle
15 Aug, 1895[17] – Jan, 1896[18]
Succeeded by
Arthur C. Woods
Preceded by
Lewis E. Wintz
Captain of H.M.S. Basilisk
Jan, 1896[19][20] – 3 Jun, 1899[21]
Succeeded by
Arthur Dodgson
Preceded by
Charles E. Gissing
Captain of H.M.S. Retribution
14 Aug, 1896[22] – 9 Oct, 1896[23]
Succeeded by
Arthur W. E. Prothero
Preceded by
Edward H. Bayly
Captain of H.M.S. Forth
16 Jul, 1901[24] – 9 Aug, 1901[25]
Succeeded by
Edgar Lees
Preceded by
Frederick G. Stopford
Captain of H.M.S. Pearl
17 Dec, 1901[26][27] – Nov, 1904[28]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
William P. Lodder
Captain of H.M.S. Simoom
Nov, 1904[29] – 14 Feb, 1905[30]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Edmund R. Pears
Captain of H.M.S. Argonaut
1 Apr, 1905[31] – 20 May, 1905[32]
Succeeded by
John G. Hewitt
Preceded by
Douglas A. Gamble
Captain of H.M.S. Kent
20 May, 1905[33] – 5 Sep, 1905[34]
Succeeded by
Heathcoat S. Grant
Preceded by
Cecil S. Hickley
Captain of H.M.S. Roxburgh
5 Sep, 1905[35] – 1 Nov, 1905[36]
Succeeded by
The Hon. Somerset A. Gough-Calthorpe
Preceded by
James E. C. Goodrich
as Rear-Admiral-in-Charge of the Western Coast Guard District
Captain-in-Charge of the Western Coast Guard District
1 Nov, 1905[37][38] – 8 Apr, 1907[39]
Succeeded by
Julian C. A. Wilkinson
 

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Burke's Peerage. p. 2148.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 24413. p. 502. 2 February, 1877.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1886). p. 245.
  4. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 44.
  5. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 27099. p. 4345. 14 July, 1899.
  7. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 44.
  8. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  9. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 27835. p. 6191. 12 September, 1905.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 28011. p. 2414. 9 April, 1907.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 28177. p. 6684. 15 September, 1908.
  13. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 44.
  14. The Navy List. (July, 1886). p. 245.
  15. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 44.
  16. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 44. Date within year not legible.
  17. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  18. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  19. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 44.
  20. The Navy List. (October, 1898). p. 228.
  21. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 44.
  22. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 44.
  23. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 44.
  24. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  25. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  26. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  27. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 354.
  28. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  29. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  30. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  31. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  32. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  33. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  34. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  35. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  36. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  37. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.
  38. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 419.
  39. Ashe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/39. f. 42.