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12 Lyndewode Road

History of 12 Lyndewode Road

Walter Douglas Aston

Captain, 1/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died of wounds 2nd November 1917. Aged 35. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Aston, Riversdale, Shelley Road, Worthing; husband of Mrs. Carrie Oline Aston (nee Anderson), (B.A. (1905) Kansas University), 12, Lyndewood Road, Cambridge, later of Kansas, USA. Married at Morganville, Kansas, in 1911. Entered Downing College as minor scholar in 1901. Placed in First Class of Law Tripos Parts 1 & 2 in 1904 respectively, Senior Jurist in 1905, gained the Whelwell Scholarship for International Law in 1906. Colours for rugby, rowing and lawn tennis. Elected Fellow of Downing College in 1907 and later appointed steward, librarian and lecturer in law. Called to the Bar in 1910, he attained success as a law lecturer at Cambridge. Joined Cambridge University OTC in 1914, commissioned 17th A[ril 1915, 2/1st Bn. Cambridgeshire Regiment. To 3/1st Bn. on 20th June 1917. Despite short-sightedness, he was qualified as a first-class shot and was battalion musketry instructor. Joined 1/1st Battalion on 24th September 1917. Six weeks with battalion when he was wounded in the neck 2nd November 1917, and died same day. Commanding officer wrote: “…a keen and hardworking brother officer; a serious loss, as he was doing valuable work for us.” Another officer wrote: “…one whose example of living was that of a Christian gentleman.” Buried in Lijssenthoek British Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Plot XXI. Row FF. Grave 13. See also Cambridge Guildhall (St Paul’s Roll of Honour)

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