COOK - John and Harry Ashman
13 Broad Street
During World War One, this shop was the premises of the Angel Inn.
Guardsman John Ashman ran the Angel until his call-up in 1914. In December 1914 he returned from the front, having been wounded in the hand at the Battle of Mons. In 1915 he was discharged from the army as he was debilitated with a fracture at the base of his skull, an injury to his spine and a gunshot wound in his left hand. He died from influenza in October 1918 and is buried in Wells Cemetery.
John’s brother Private Harry Ashman also lived here while recovering from two flesh wounds in his left leg and a bullet in his right knee, received in November 1914.
Image © Wells & Mendip Museum
Extracted from "Lest we forget... The men on the Wells War Memorial who died in the Great War" by Sue Curragh and Pete Trueman - available for purchase
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