Cadets to march in honour of Victoria Cross hero

Lance Corporal James Ashworth
Lance Corporal James Ashworth

Corby Royal Air Force Cadets are to parade in honour of the town’s Victoria Cross hero, Lance Corporal James Ashworth, on Saturday (March 23).

L/Cpl Ashworth, a former pupil of Lodge Park School, in the town, was killed as he stormed an insurgent position in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand, Afghanistan, in June, last year. He was 23.

L/Cpl Ashworth, who served with the Ist Battalion Grenadier Guards, is being awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for valour, for putting himself in the line of fire to protect his comrades.

The Corby cadets will march from George Street in Corby town centre at 12.30pm and parade along the pedestrian walkway to the Cube where they will dip standards and offer a General Salute in L/Cpl Ashworth’s honour.

There will be a minute’s silence and the group’s pipe band will play.

The event will take place in front of the flag poles outside Corby Cube and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Corby and East Northants MP, Andy Sawford, the town’s mayor, Cllr Mohammed Rahman, members of the borough council, Corby’s Territorial Army Company, Corby Army Cadet Force and the Royal British Legion have also been invited.

The Royal Air Force Cadets’ former Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Rob McKellar, who is organising the parade, said, “I didn’t know Lance Corporal James Ashworth, but his name will go down in history as a true, honourable and gallant hero.

“Corby is extremely proud of Lance Corporal Ashworth and extremely grateful for the fearless service that he gave to his country. We are holding the parade to honour his memory, to thank him for the sacrifice that he made and to pay our solemn respects.”