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OAM Herbert Hector (Dud or Scrub Bull) ASHBY

OAM Herbert Hector (Dud or Scrub Bull) ASHBY

Male 1921 - 2009  (87 years)

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  • Name Herbert Hector (Dud or Scrub Bull) ASHBY  [1
    Title OAM 
    Nickname Dud or Scrub Bull 
    Born 12 Oct 1921  Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • The BRB has the place of birth as Kongorong whereas Dianne Facey has it as Mt Gambier which is about 25 kilometers away.
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes Herbert Hector Ashby - b. 12/10/1921 at Kongorong, S.A. His childhood nicknames were "Dud" and "Scrub Bull".

    Marriage: to Olive (Heather) Hancock (b. 25/11/1923).

    Residence: Mt Gambler

    Herb always wanted to do things before he was old enough. At he had one day at school before he was kicked out. His Mum got up and told him he could go to school. He was thrilled and off he went with Doog. Jean, Mary. Dig and Chas. When they came home Eakie was born and Herb had to wait until he was 6 (the starting age) before he could return to school.

    Herb joined up in 1940, he came home and told his parents who were horri and told him they would refuse to sign the papers as he was only 17. Herb wasn't worried about that as he had put his age up to 23 and didn't need their consent. He joined up in June but wasn't called until November and went to the Middle East in February. His unit had very little training here, very little at all really as they arrived in Palestine and were sent straight away to Alexandria as a reserve. At that stage the battalion they were going to was in Tobruk so they were put on the first boat. The battalion
    comprised nearly all country lads. They started off with 1000 men and walked out with 41 of which Herb was one.

    From the booklet "Tobruk to Tarakan" concerning July 22nd 1942. Herb. Ashby was with the 2/48th Battalion, D. Company. The company commander was killed and the two platoon commanders wounded so Private Herb. Ashby took over his section which had become isolated from the remainder. ln spite of heavy fire from the front and flank he refused to consider withdrawal and kept vigil for 14 hours with his men. Late in the afternoon a Valentine tank was knocked out nearby and the crew were taken prisoner by the Germans as well as two members of Herb's section. He however, opened fire on the Germans and all were killed allowing the prisoners to escape. For his part in this action Herb. Ashby was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

    An "Adelaide News" of August 1984 had a photo of Herb. with his medals and an article which stated that Herb. Ashby, 63, retired farmer of Mt Gambier was "off to Windsor Castle on the following Sept. 11th" to commemorate his membership of a very exclusive club for the D.C.M League Muster at London to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the awarding of the first D.C.M by Queen Victoria in 1854 Since then 30,741 of the medals have been handed out but of the 1904 awarded during W.W.2 only 199 went to Australian soldiers, several to the 2/48th Battalion. Herbs old unit, the most decorated in the Australian Army. The Duke of Kent was to review the gathering.

    When he came home he went lo O.B. Flat with Uncle Lloyd Ashby. He was there from 1945 - 1948 before Herb and Heather bought their farm in Mingbool which was a soldier settlement farm. Herb took Grandfather (Soward) to Mingbool when he first went up there and he looked around. "l know this country". Grandfather said. "Seventy years ago I used to ride a horse through here and shear at Mirigbool homestead. We just about had to swim the horses all the way
    from Tarpeena through here "

    Herb bought another property. They retired from farm life to the Mount in 1974 and Herb worked for the government for B years from 1975-83 in water resources.

    Heather was a nursing sister and continued her occupation.

    Herb is an untiring worker for the RSL in Mount Gambler. He is involved in all aspects, gaining great recognition for his work with Legacy (pensions and the like) and the Soldiers ex servicemen in fact every aspect of RSL. Herb says every person needs something to get up for in the morning and his voluntary work keeps him active.

    They had 5 children.  [1
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    Residence Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 9 Aug 2009  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I-4687  Christina and Donald McLean | Archibald McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2018 

    Father James Edward ASHBY,   b. 30 Nov 1889, Tantanoola SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1967, Port MacDonnell Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship -1485 
    Mother Maria Mabel MCLEAN,   b. 27 Oct 1891, Beulah Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1981, Allendale SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Relationship -1485 
    Married 2 Dec 1914  Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F-1485  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family O H 
    Children 
     1. JH A
     2. SK A
     3. HD A
     4. RK A
     5. JR A
    Last Modified 10 Dec 2013 05:35:00 
    Family ID F-1532  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Stories At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] FS BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995, The BRB has a good index for each individual. Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .

    2. [S-148] FS Dianne Facey - ID 4624 - further evidence welcome, Worksheet 29 on 3rd March 2018 - inputted by Don Gordon on 9th March 2018.
      Details provided by Dianne are held in the records of the C&D McLean Committee. These records are accessible via 'Contact us' on the homepage and will eventually be available at the Strathalbyn NTSA.