William John Arthur Blackler ASHE
- Born: 7 Jul 1903, Smyrna, Turkey
- Christened: 20 Sep 1903, Boudjah, Smyrna, Turkey
- Marriage (1): Marie (Marnie) JOHNSTON on 2 Jul 1931 in Croydon, Surrey, England
- Marriage (2): Blandine VAN DER ELST on 30 Jun 1960
- Died: 16 Sep 1989, Eastbourne, Sussex, England aged 86
- Buried: 25 Sep 1989, Warlingham Churchyard, Croydon, Surrey, England
WILLIAM JOHN ARTHUR BLACKLER ASHE
William was born on 7 July 1903 in Boudja, Smyrna, Turkey, son of the Rev. Robert Pickering Ashe and Edith (Blackler) Ashe. He was educated at the American College, Paradise near Smyrna, and at Hartlebury Grammar School where his uncle George Ashe was Headmaster.
After being forced out of their home in Boudja by the Turkish uprising, R.P. Ashe was made Chaplain to the British community in Carthagina, Spain. William worked first in a silkworm gut factory in Murcia, making fishing lines. He went to England in 1924, and joined the soap firm of Gossages. He transferred to Lever Brothers, and finally to Peak Freans Biscuits. He travelled over Europe, South America and Africa their foreign salesman.
He married (1) Marie (Marnie) Johnson, and they had one son Anthony who married Susan Everett in August 1961. They had four children, Lucy 1962, Martin 1965, Zoe 1967 and Edward 1971.
After Marie's death, William married (2) Blandine Van der Elst, and they lived in Larcy near Tours in France. In 1979 they moved to Eastbourne, Sussex.
William died in 1989, and his ashes are buried in the Ashe / Blackler grave in Warlingham.
Extract from England and Wales Marriage Registration Index
Groom: William J. A. B. Ashe
Bride: Marie Johnston
Marriage Registered: Jul-Sep 1931 in Croydon, Surrey, England
Extract from England and Wales Death Registration Index
Name: William J. A. B. Ashe
Death Registered: Jul-Sep 1989 in Eastbourne, Sussex, England
Birth Date: 7 July 1903
William married Marie (Marnie) JOHNSTON on 2 Jul 1931 in Croydon, Surrey, England. (Marie (Marnie) JOHNSTON was born on 12 Apr 1898.)
William next married Blandine VAN DER ELST on 30 Jun 1960.