Alan James ASHE
- Born: 20 Nov 1935, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
- Marriage (1): Eillen Janet WATSON on 27 Oct 1956 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England
- Marriage (2): Rosemary Ellen GIFFORD on 20 Nov 1976 in Rotorua, New Zealand
Alan joined the British army at the age of seventeen. His father, mother and sister then emigrated to New Zealand in May 1955 on the maiden voyage of the RMS Southern Cross. At this stage Alan was serving as a member of the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment in Aldershot Hants, after which his Battalion
was transferred to Cyprus on IS (Internal Security) duties during the "EOKA" (Greek-Cypriot against Turkish-Cypriot) troubles. He then went on to Egypt for the "Suez Crisis" in 1956 where his battalion, in conjunction with the French Airborne, were dropped onto the "El Gamil" airport to defeat the Egyptian forces that were threating to close the Suez Canal.
He returned to the Uk after his service was over and started work in civilian life as a fitter/welder. In 1960, he emigrated to New Zealand together with his first wife, Eileen Janet, and son, Steven Wellesley, aged two & a half years under the NZ/UK government scheme of assisted passage, i.e. £10 per head. They travelled on the NZ shipping line boat RMS Rangitata and docked in Wellington on 15 September 1960.
Extract from Passenger Lists leaving UK
Name of Ship: M.V. "Rangitata"
Owners: The New Zealand Shipping Company Limited
Date of Departure: 1 July 1960
Bound for: Wellington
Contract Ticket Number: 1859
Husband: Mr. Alan J. Ashe; born 20 November 1935; occupation - Welder; address - 12A Queens Road, Southport, Lancs
Wife: Mrs Eileen J. Ashe; born 14 June 1936.
Son: Mast. Steven W. Ashe; born 10 February 1958.
Alan married Eillen Janet WATSON on 27 Oct 1956 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. (Eillen Janet WATSON was born in 1938 and died in Jul 1974 in Cambridge, New Zealand.). The cause of her death was Cervical cancer.
Alan next married Rosemary Ellen GIFFORD on 20 Nov 1976 in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Rosemary Ellen GIFFORD was born in 1940.)